TITLE OF THE PUBLICATION
Prevention Guide for Primary School Pupils at Risk – There is room for you!
« Guide de prévention pour les élèves à risque au primaire – Y’ a une place pour toi ! »
SURNAME AND NAME OF AUTHOR(S)
Pierre Potvin and Jean-René Lapointe, UQTR (Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières)
CTREQ (Centre de Transfert pour la Réussite Educative au Québec)
PLACE AND DATE OF PUBLICATION
Quebec – October 2010
LANGUAGE OF THE DOCUMENT
LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW
Identification of students’ at risk
DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS
The guide is based on the results of three university studies in Quebec nursery, primary and secondary education between 1993 and 2004. It is made up of 8 sections.
Section 1 (“pupils at risk of early school leaving in primary school: current situation”) presents the concept of “student at risk”. It described the four types of student at risk:
• The “little motivated” type
• The “learning difficulties” type
• The “exteriorised behaviour difficulties” type
• The “interiorised behaviour difficulties” type
Sections 2, 3 and 4 aim to better understand the realities of pupils at risk.
Section 2 (“Being the teacher of a pupil at risk or his/her agent in the school environment”) addresses the importance of the classroom climate and of the relation master-student for the primary pupil at risk.
Section 3 (“being the headmaster of a primary school with pupils at risk”) addresses the importance of the general school climate and the role the headmaster can play as the manager and person in charge.
In section 4 (“Being the parent of a student at risk”), there is information on the problem of early school leaving in secondary school and recommendations on the practices to adopt with students at risk.
Sections 5, 6 and 7 propose possible actions to education professionals.
In section 5 (“Acting with a student at risk”), the authors present the intervention programmes adapted to each type of student at risk and various tools for those interventions.
In section 6 (“Procedure to detect students at risk”) the authors describe a detecting procedure adapted to all the group of pupils from nursery school to the last year of primary school.
Section 7 (“Websites and prevention programmes directory”) provides information and relevant resources.
Finally, section 8 (“Notes and references”) presents all the bibliographical references and explanatory notes of the document.
COMMENTS ON THIS PUBLICATION
The guide aims to be an efficient prevention and practical intervention tool.
It is mainly addressed to teachers and other agents who work directly with students who might have difficulties at school and develop risk factors leading to early school leaving in the secondary level.
However, because prevention of failure is not limited to education professionals, but concerns all the school actors, the guide is also addressed to parents and headmasters. More generally, it is addressed to any person who wishes to know more about the problem.
CTREQ, which publishes the guide, is a body aiming to promote innovation and knowledge transfer to increase educational success. Its actions are based on innovative practices and scientific knowledge. It proposes varied and efficient tools for all the problems addressed in the project “School Safety Net”.
Name of Compiler
Name of Institution
Role in the institution
Translator – project assistant