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Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context and Needs Originally founded in 1981 for vocational training, our institution has gained much experience in the educational field. We are nowadays a plurilingual institution offering at the same time Compulsory and Higher Secondary Education, Basic Professional Training and Medium and High Professional Training Courses.Since our students’ profile has changed, so have their educational and academic needs. We now have more students whose basic academic background is far from what it should be. These reasons together with the lack of motivation usually end up in “drop-outs”. Although the institution management has adopted organisational and academic measures to prevent this, there is still a significant number of student who are “left behind”. For all the above mentioned we think this Erasmus project would be of great help. In this sense, we really need to be able to contrast and experience what other High Schools are implementing. Participants’ profilesDue to the great demand for participation in the project, a selection committee has been established to guarantee a fair and transparent choice. In this sense the teachers’ ages range between 30 to 59 and they all belong to different teaching departments and represent different sectors within our institution:A member of the Board of Management, greatly involved with the students with special needs, and all measures adopted to avoid “drop-outs”. In this way any organisational restructuring after participation in the project can be guaranteed.A teacher to participate in the course related to ITs for motivation. 2 teachers to take part in the “job-shadowing” schemes to observe the education model designed by Alan Mclean. Their command of the language would make it easier to grasp a greater knowledge during the experience.A teacher with B2 level in Italian to participate in a job shadowing scheme in a Montessori school.Project ResultsIt goes without saying that the whole project would be a fiasco if the dissemination of the knowledge gained through mobilities would not be extended to the whole teaching staff. For that we have already thought on the different methods: through our own social network, through courses and workshops that will be held at the high school once a week, through inter department meetings and also in connection with the Center for Teacher Training in our region.The results should be considered both just after the mobilities, and also in the long term. In this way we would consider changes in the way students are grouped , the introduction of the so-called flexible groups, etc...and even adapted syllabus for which we should negotiate the incorporation of specialized staff with educational authorities. We hope that this experience benefits not only those unmotivated students to whom the project is addressed but also the whole teaching and learning community.
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