Welcome

The Family-School Network project was developed from the perception of the need to make the audience of Erasmus Plus users wider, through the expansion of the network of families hosting students during their mobility in Europe.

The main objective is to prepare tools and programmes for a greater inclusion in European mobility projects.

There will be a particular effort to help the participation of students from a socio-economic disadvantaged background, in particular those who come from migrant backgrounds.

Covid-19 Global Pandemic

The Family-School Network project is currently working within the travel restrictions and a range of measures taken by our partner countries to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are all experiencing big changes to how and where we work; we need to look after ourselves and support our colleagues – we are all in this together. Whilst these restrictions have prevented us from meeting face-to-face, we have been able to utilise online tools such as video-conferencing to ensure that we have held our kick-off meeting and other project planning activities to ensure that the Family-School Network project does not experience any delays. We are hopeful that we will be able to meet face-to-face soon; until then we will continue to progress the project workplan and meet regularly using online resources.

Antares SRL, Family-School Network Coordinator

Acknowledgement

This Website has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website is the sole responsibility of the publisher and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project No: 2020-1-IT02-KA201-079822

The Partnership

Antares Ltd. (Project Coordinator)

Rome, Italy

ANTARES is an Italian SME founded in 1989, with a large team of qualified consultants. ANTARES works on enterprise consultancy, socioorganisational research and management training, but most of all has been involved in more than 50 national and European partnerships, both in research and training areas.

In particular, ANTARES is experienced in research and training for human resources (skill assessment, career development, transversal training for professional development, wellbeing assessment, diversity management, etc.).

The projects managed by ANTARES are related to skill development and coaching in favour of disadvantaged people and the definition of models and tools to ensure quality consistent with European frameworks.

www.antarescompany.it

Istituto Omnicomprensivo Orte

Italy

The Comprehensive Institute of Orte offers students:

  • Competence: tools to develop key competences (technical and linguistic) so that pupils are prepared for adult life and there is a basis for further learning opportunities

  • Active European citizenship: students and teachers are prepared to actively exercise their role as European citizens, strengthening their democratic participation; social commitment and civic sense.

The institute's mission is to make its students and teachers acquire the ability to use personal, social and methodological knowledge, skills and abilities in work and study situations and help them to develop a conscience aimed at recognition and respect for diversity and cooperation.

The Comprehensive Orte Institute, decided by the Lazio Region on 30/12/2015 and has become a legal reality since 01/09/2016, was born from the aggregation of two historical institutes of the territory of Orte (Province of Viterbo), the Comprehensive Institute Isola d'Oro and the Fabio Besta Institute of Higher Education.

The Institute takes students from kindergarten to secondary school, with four distinct fields:

  • Scientific High School
  • High School of Human Sciences
  • CAT and
  • AFM

The general aims of the institute are as follows:

  • Raising student levels of education and skills
  • Prevention and recovery of school drop-outs and drop-outs
  • Inclusion in the school community of pupils children of immigrants and/or students with socio-economic hardship
  • Establishment of an open school.

The primary training objectives are:

  • Enhancement and enhancement of language skills, in particular of the Italian language and the English language, also with the use of CLIL (language immersion) methodology
  • Strengthening of mathematical, logical and scientific skills
  • Development of pupils' digital skills, in relation to the world of work
  • Strengthening of laboratory methodologies
  • Prevention and combating school drop-out and all forms of discrimination
  • Strengthening school inclusion and the right to study of pupils with special educational needs, through individualised and personalized pathways
  • An increase in school-work alternation in the second cycle of education
  • Implementation of a permanent guidance system
  • Development of competences in the field of active and democratic citizenship
  • Enhancement of the school as an active community, open to the territory, able to develop and increase interaction with the local community, including third party organizations sector and businesses
  • Identification of functional paths and systems.

Technic Secondary School

Poprad, Slovakia

The secondary technical school located in the mountainous area of Slovakia - Poprad, was founded in 1964 and has since prepared students for individual technical activities of technical design, manufacturing, operational service, maintenance of structures according to study programmes focusing on mechatronics, electrical engineering, construction, building management, industrial informatics, information and telecommunications systems, ICT.

Our 400+ Students are prepared for practical professions and further studies at universities technically oriented by about 40 teachers. The basic trend of all courses is the computer essential exploitation for the development of modern technology. The motivation of our school to participate in this project is not only to transmit our experiences from previous European projects to our new partners of the incoming project, but above all to motivate current students to preserve European culture and natural heritage.

Rayko Tsonchev Private School of Tourism and Entrepreneurship

Dobrich, Bulgaria

The first Rayko Tsonchev School was founded in 1909 with the modern day school founded in 2007.

The school has students from 8th to 12th Grade. Classes are small (maximum 14 students). Students engage in intensive learning of English and Spanish with a second language choice of German or French. The School has four profiles:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Software and Hardware Sciences
  • Tourism
  • Spanish Language

The aim of the school’s innovative approach is to:

  • Build dynamic personalities capable of changing themselves and the world around them.
  • Strive to provide an environment and organization of the learning process through which each student can learn to the maximum of their capabilities.

GEMS Northern Ireland Limited

Belfast, United Kingdom

GEMS is a small Charity and Social Enterprise with 25 staff based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We work to promote social inclusion in employment for people of working age who experience labour market disadvantage.

We deliver employability services and programmes that support NEET young people (aged 16-24), families at risk of inter-generational unemployment and provide access to training and employment opportunities for 2,000+ people per year. We also provide culturally competent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance to people from new communities who do not have English as their first language including conversation classes and learning language for work programmes.

We have extensive experience in leading and participating as a partner in Erasmus+ projects and are delighted to be a partner in the Family-School Network project and to have the opportunity to work with partners in this exciting project that will support, encourage and enable students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and those new to Northern Ireland to participate in Erasmus+ mobilities.

www.gemsni.org.uk

Malone Integrated College

Belfast, United Kingdom

Malone Integrated College is an all-ability school set in south/west Belfast. It was established by parents in 1997 to educate children of all religions and none together and is now one of the most diverse schools in Northern Ireland.

Educating young people from 11-18, there are now over 650 students and 91 staff members working each day in the college.

Children of all abilities are welcome at Malone College and are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through the curriculum and the extracurricular life of the college, students participate in an outstanding educational experience that facilitates their all-round development, enabling them to play an active role in society when they leave the College as young adults.

Our vision at Malone College is to support and encourage each student so that they achieve the best possible learning outcomes from their time here. We concentrate on ensuring that every student will receive an engaging, stimulating and high quality education from our highly professional and committed staff that will prepare them to make the most of their opportunities once they leave school. One of the most important ways of doing this, and the reason why we are an award winning school for our pastoral care, are the relationships that develop between the teacher and student. For us, it is about positive relationships, consideration for others, respect for learning and being rewarded for effort. We have high expectations of our students that will allow them to achieve to their maximum capacity. We are committed to keeping our classes small, so that the learning is more focused.

For highly achieving students we offer differentiated activities, encouraging high level thinking and problem solving. As a School of Sanctuary, we are proud to be an integrated school and have students and staff from all beliefs, faiths and traditions in our community. To us, integrated education is the future in Northern Ireland.

https://www.malonecollege.org.uk/

Intellectual Outputs

IO1 – Training modules for teachers

Start: October 2020 End: May 2021

Led by Antares

The teachers in the project will be involved in training workshops, during which they will receive specific methodological training to develop dialogue skills and thus get in touch with families, in order to promote the Erasmus exchange.

IO2 – Digital platform and guidelines

Start: may 2021 End: april 2022

Led by GEMS NI

  • A platform will be set up in order to create an online
    community.
  • It will be possible for the families to use the platform to
    interact with each other, with the support of teaching
    staff.

IO3 – emotional communication toolkit

Start: december 2021 End: september 2022

Led by SPS Poprad

  • The project’s final output will be the creation of video-storytelling to be included in the platform.
  • The videos will feature the families previously "validated" and included in the platform, and will be viewed by the subjects involved in the exchanges
  • The students will make a video-storytelling both at home, introducing their own families, and during the exchange, with the host family, supported by the teachers trained and involved in the project.

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