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Mejora de la gestión y de las competencias profesionales de un centro plurilingüe que atienda a la diversidad
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A distinctive feature of the secondary school "Sierra Mágina" in Mancha Real (a small village outside of Jaén capital) is the diversity of our students.Despite being close to the capital city, we have students from rural areas, often isolated, which means few job opportunities for them. Many of these students have a low level in foreign languages, and even a low level in digital competence, which is so important nowadays. We also host students from difficult familiar and social environments, students who are not willing to complete further studies or professional training after compulsory education, and a growing number of students with attention deficit disorder.In order to deal with these students' features, we have taken part in different programmes:1) Multilingualism Development Plan: we were innovators in this programme, since our school was the first one in our province with a French section and today we are one of the two schools in the province with a multilingual section for French and English.2) Information and Communication Technologies Development Plan. The aim is to help students develop their digital competence. Teachers in our school have created a web page, some educational blogs, youtube channels and we are active in different social networks.3) Teachers' Training Plan: working teams are regularly created aimed at improving our teaching practiceHowever, after an analysis of the academic results from previous years, we observe two negative aspects:1) An increasing number of early drop-outs.2) An increasing number of written warnings for incidents against the school's academic and behavioural rules and standards.After a critical reflection, the teaching staff has created an improvement plan in order to better deal with and motivate our students.This European project was included in the plan with the following objectives:1) To prepare ourselves for the personal, sociolaboral, multicultural and economic changes which are taking place in our new European reality.2) To build a culture of improvement in our education community.3) To get to know about other models and methods to encourage innovation in our institution.4) To encourage coexistence and appreciate multicultural enrichment for taking part in this project.5) To spread the need to share knowledge and a benchmarking culture.This project, which will take two academic years, is organised aroud these activities:1) In-training service of visiting teachers or "Job shadowings" aimed at observing and analysing the teaching tasks and the whole learning and teaching process in our partner institutions.2) Stuctured courses, where the participant teachers will be able to acquire new knowlegde and ideas for their teaching plans, aiming at improving their academic and teaching competence.We hope that this project will have a very positive impact on our teaching practice, as the mobility programmes and courses applied will help teachers experience other methods in real life teaching situations. They will also learn new strategies and resources to promote a more participative and meaningful learning environment. Moreover, they will improve their foreign language competence.We strongly believe that this project will bring important benefits, since better trained and more motivated teachers will bring about positive attitudes in our students towards their own learning.
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