Our overall objective is to explore and enhance the quality and performance of school- REC partnerships and thereby help schools throughout Europe meet the 2020 headline target of reducing early leaving to below 10%. We aim to do this by progressing a broad, inter-related set of LLP objectives and priorities focused on Priority 1.2.4 for Comenius multilateral projects, i.e. “Reducing early school leaving, improving the learning of students with migrant backgrounds and Roma pupils as well as promoting gender equality and inclusive approaches to learning” .
We plan to achieve these aims through meeting the following SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Realistic, Achievable, and Timed):
1. Produce and evaluate a “State of the Art” report on how schools and RECs are working in partnership to meet this form of ESL challenge within the local educational networks of our partner institutions in 5 European countries.
2. Incorporate within this report an analysis of what specific problems of implementation are being encountered and what they reveal about:
(a) the educational needs of target groups and communities, and
(b) the training and support needs of school leaders and teachers working with them.
3. Use this analysis as the basis for more intensive case-study research in each partners’ local networks This will identify and investigate the best practice of RECs in meeting school’s training and support needs in relation to their local contexts and communities.
4. (On the basis of 1-3 above), develop, test and deliver a range of concrete products providing sustainable and adaptable support and training for meeting the ESL challenge. These will include:
(a) a cumulative series of web-based resource packs. These will include documentary and DVD presentations analysing best practice
(b) a 6-day training course sustainable through its eligibility for EU funding as residential CPD. It will be adaptable as an induction course for new teachers ;
(c) an associated handbook on best practice in school-REC partnership working;
(d) a sustainable website for dissemination and exploitation of the project’s findings and products during and after its lifetime
In summary, we aim to change the situation described above:
By delivering and disseminating innovative findings and concrete products to help school leaders, teachers and RECs work in partnership more effectively and efficiently in general and in particular to reduce ESL to below 10% by 2020.