5. Stakeholders involvement

5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Building effective relationships between schools and the community at large can have an important effect on the quality of learning.  These relationships may also change the community and structural factors that promote educational inequality. Libraries, youth and sports clubs, local NGOs and other community organisations which gather learners and their families around a wide range of recreational activities and support access to learning opportunities and wider services, can develop partnerships to reinforce the bonds between schools, families and learners. This may be particularly helpful for parents and families from disadvantaged backgrounds or for those parents who have had negative experiences of school in the past.

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Action Antibullying (AAB)

The project partners designed and implemented a new anti-bullying programme in schools in five EU countries. It drew on the experiences of existing programmes and practices originated by the project partners working in different cultural contexts.  It provided further evidence of effective approaches to the reduction of bullying in schools that will inform the development of improved child centred, whole school strategies for adoption at European level.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 1.3. School management; 1.4. Cooperation within education systems; 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.10. Targeted support - special educational needs and learning difficulties; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: Italy; Romania; Slovenia; Spain; United Kingdom

Community-Based Lifelong Learning Centres

NESET - Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training publishes reports for policy makers and practitioners interested in promoting equity and inclusion in education and training across the European Union. This paper seeks to examine strategies for establishing community based lifelong learning centres in EU Member States. It explores evidence and research on the benefits and advantages of establishing such centres, as well as the barriers and difficulties impeding both the establishment and effectiveness of such centres. The report concludes that community based lifelong learning centres can simultaneously provide instantiations of a range of key lifelong learning objectives, such as active citizenship, social cohesion/inclusion, personal and social fulfillment, intercultural dialogue, as well as employment pathways.

Areas: 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 4.1. Communication and information; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities; 4.4. Family learning; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom

INCLUD-ED Family Education

Family Education is one of the Successful Educational Actions (SEAs) identified in the research project INCLUD-ED. It supports the promotion of cultural and educational interactions between students and social agents, and more particularly with family members and enhance students' achievement.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.6. Extended and extra-curricular learning; 4.4. Family learning; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom

Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion (LERI) - Multi-Annual Roma Programme

LERI is a qualitative action research project under FRA’s multi-annual Roma Programme. It was developed in response to the European Commission’s Communication on an EU Framework for National Roma integration strategies up to 2020. LERI brings together local authorities and residents, in particular Roma, to investigate how they can best be involved in Roma integration actions, and identify which aspects of these actions work, which do not, and why. The aim of the project is to facilitate the engagement of all local stakeholders, including Roma, in joint efforts to enable Roma inclusion. The experience gained and the lessons learned during the process will help improve the design, implementation and monitoring of Roma integration policies and actions at the local level.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.2. Learners' participation in school life; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.9. Refugees, Migrants and Roma; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Greece; Hungary; Italy; Romania; Slovakia; United Kingdom

Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast, a registered UK charity, aims to end hunger as a barrier to learning through the provision of healthy breakfasts for vulnerable children. The charity believes that a hungry child cannot concentrate so will miss out on half of the day’s lessons. The charity provides healthy breakfast food and expert support to qualifying primary and secondary schools. It works with 480 primary, secondary and special educational needs schools, plus Pupil Referral Units, to make sure that more than 40,300 children start their school day in the best possible way. The charity’s motto is ‘no child too hungry to learn’. According to a recent survey:
- 96 % of respondents reported that provision of breakfast had led to improved energy levels/alertness amongst the participating pupils
- 92 % of respondents reported that provision of breakfast had led to improved concentration levels amongst the participating pupils
- 91 % of respondents reported that provision of breakfast had led to improved educational attainment levels, for the participating pupils
- 81 % of respondents reported that the behaviour of participating pupils had improved, as a result of breakfast provision

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: United Kingdom

Manchester Communication Academy (MCA)

Manchester Communication Academy (MCA) works to improve outcomes for children, families and the community. This secondary academy opened in 2010 to serve one of the most disadvantaged inner-city neighbourhoods in England. From the outset, the academy’s sponsor, a large employer in the city, wanted the school to help to contribute to a vibrant and sustainable neighbourhood, and committed to addressing the many inter-related economic, social and physical challenges which characterise the neighbourhood. This mission has directly shaped the academy programme, which places equal importance on ‘teaching and learning’ and ‘social investment’. The school’s social investment department is a highly distinctive feature of its overall strategy for addressing the impacts of disadvantage on young people’s education and wider life chances.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.3. School management; 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 2.3. Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development of teachers; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.2. Learners' participation in school life; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.5. Learning and assessment; 3.6. Extended and extra-curricular learning; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk; 3.10. Targeted support - special educational needs and learning difficulties; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 4.2. Parents' involvement in school governance; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities; 4.4. Family learning; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks; 5.3. Partnerships - employers and businesses; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: United Kingdom

Parental Involvement for Early School Leaving Prevention

This report seeks to inform and guide the short and medium term strategic planning of the 10 Urbact - PREVENT city municipalities and all other municipalities, local authorities and schools across Europe with regard to parental involvement in education for prevention of early school leaving. This review is based on an analysis of EU Commission and Council documents on ESL and social inclusion, a dialogue and ongoing consultation process with the 10 municipalities engaged in the Urbact - PREVENT project and it interrogates international research relevant to this area. PREVENT is funded by the EU Urbact programme.

Areas: 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 4.1. Communication and information; 4.2. Parents' involvement in school governance; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities; 4.4. Family learning; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom

Peep Learning Together Programme

The Peep Learning Together Programme (LTP) is run by Peeple Charity. It aims to raise children’s outcomes by helping them to make the most of their opportunities and to become confident communicators and active learners. By supporting parents/carers, the programme aims to improve children’s personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, early literacy, early numeracy and health and physical development.
The evidence-based Learning Together Programme values and extends what parents/carers already do. It helps strengthen adult-child relationships, building children’s self-esteem and emotional self-regulation. The programme offers key ideas and activities relating to child development that practitioners can share with parents/carers and their children. LTP helps parents and carers to: value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life; improve the quality of the home learning environment; develop secure attachment relationships with their children; and gain nationally-recognised units based on supporting their child's learning and development. Practitioners and parents can choose which and how many topics they want to focus on, depending on local needs and interests. Nationally-recognised adult learning units are embedded within the programme. These units are based on what parents/carers already do to support their child’s development, and how they have put into practice the knowledge gained while taking part in the programme. This builds parental capacity and “learner identity;, which research shows makes progress in volunteering, learning or work more likely.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 4.4. Family learning; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: United Kingdom

Poverty Proofing the School Day

The programme “Poverty Proofing the School Day” is run by the organisation Children North East. It supports schools through an audit which aims to identify and overcome the barriers to learning faced by children and young people from low-income families. Team members speak with all students in the school and interview staff, parents and governors about the effects of poverty on their daily lives in school. An action plan is then tailored for each school to address any unintended stigmatising policies or practices and to celebrate and share excellent practices. Poverty Proofing has reached over 30,000 children and young people in the North East and across the country. An independent evaluation by Newcastle University found that “poverty proofing” has helped improve the most disadvantaged pupils’ attendance and attainment, as well as their take-up of free school meals, trips and music tuition.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: United Kingdom

Preventing School Failure: Examining the potential of inclusive education policies at system and individual levels

The Preventing School Failure (PSF) project aimed to address the lack of inclusion and fairness in the education system. It aimed to examine the evidence to suggest that inclusive education policies have the potential to prevent school failure – both in relation to individuals and the overall system. 

Areas: 1. School governance; 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.2. School planning and monitoring; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks; 5.3. Partnerships - employers and businesses; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; GA; HR; HU; IS; IT; LT; LV; MK; MT; NL; NO; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SR; SV; TR

Country: Czech Republic; Estonia; Finland; Germany; Greece; Iceland; Ireland; Latvia; Malta; Serbia; Slovakia; Sweden; United Kingdom

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