Novel methodological approach for inclusion in the schooling sphere

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The project Fair School inclusive methodology aims to identify the problems of traditional discipline and inclusion policies and offer guidance for reshaping public education within schools to become more restorative and emotional-based.

The development activities is led by ‘In Dialogue Netherlands’ (E10024123, NL) with the inclusive contribution of all partners.

The partners recently achieved a solid drafted provision for this document which is developed on a need assessment basis combined with comprehensive literature and good Practices research  combined from all participating country.

It is in form of a classroom-level and whole school approach implementation guidelines on practical resources and methods for conflict resolution and pupils’ integration based on restorative practices, narrative methods and social and emotional learning approaches. The methodological guide will set out the methods on how to establish inclusive both  classroom and school where a significant number of students are from migrant background.

The methodological approach defines the following aspects:

– skills required for all class members as well as their teachers to understand one another, and to communicate and work together effectively;

– specific activities (contents) to be implemented among pupils. here we will include the serious games developed in the project’s work package n-º 3;

– implementation methods;

– resources needed to implement activities;

– evaluation methods.

The main objective of this methodological guide is to become a basis for the pilot implementation of the Fair School programme that will be implemented at secondary schools by teachers and their pupils.

It provides strategy, methods and instruments to incorporate activities aimed at fostering good communication and friendly atmosphere amongst students on a transversal basis.

It is focused on:

– establishing trust and safety with and between people;

– explicit classroom practice (routines, procedures and pedagogy);

– develop empathy, reflection and inquiry;

– peaceful conflict solving paying attention to repairing harm that may have been done Fair School will be based on the following teaching approaches;

– project-based work that serves to activate students;

– ensuring that there is teaching about racism, its causes, manifestation, effects on victims and perpetrators, and ways to overcome it;

– developing in students a commitment to values of tolerance, inclusion, fairness and social responsibility, and giving them the skills to act according to those values;

– developing in students an understanding of the key roles of migration in shaping the history of europe;

– promoting multilingualism in schools and seeing mother tongue languages not as a deficit but as a resource;

– developing in students an understanding of the role of race, culture, language and religion in determining individual identity and a sense of community developing and applying skills of critical analysis and critical literacy to media reporting and other texts on issues related to race.

The provision is available in Dutch English Portuguese Spanish Turkish Polish

Bruno SALES da SILVA

Researcher on digitally enhanced education and training environments in multicultural settings

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