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Integration of immigrants students

Guideline for Head Teachers

“School failure is not unavoidable. There are solutions in concrete school practices to be found in the margins of freedom that headteachers allow themselves and considering the school as a place to live in. Those headteachers take a position of driving force, organiser, guarantee of the school project. With their team, they develop a trustful and voluntary ambition. They believe in their students’ abilities to progress, and in their own ability to change things. Professionalism is required, as well as support of students outside the class.”
School Practices and Equity, Benoît De Waele, SeGEC (Secrétariat Général de l’Enseignement Catholique, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Belgium):

These guidelines, addressed to headteachers, have the following objectives:
  • Identify the main bottlenecks and strengths, as well as threats and opportunities, regarding the inclusiveness and school success of immigrant students in your school. (Steps 1 – 2)
  • Establish mechanisms that allow you to get to know the immigrant students. (Step 3)
  • Learn about appropriate educational supports and organisational responses in order to accomplish a better integration of immigrant students. (Steps 4 – 5)
  • Define school strategies that you may implement to make sure your school adopts a proactive policy towards the successful integration of immigrant students. (Steps 6 – 10)
Here is the list of the 10 steps:
  1. Current trends
  2. Identifying Problems at School
  3. Predicting Immigrant Students’ Problems
  4. Conducting School Self-Assessment
  5. Planning
  6. Approaches and Strategies
  7. School Dynamics that Work
  8. Communication with Families
  9. Monitoring and Evaluation
  10. Defining a School Policy for Integration of Immigrant Students

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20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.