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This module focuses on how experts (teachers, school directors, parents, anyone involved in the orientation choices) should help students to find out what they want to do and offer them a variety of choices when it comes to guidance and counselling, and also make students realize they are the actors of their own life.

Guidance, Counselling and Support Services

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
1. School Guidance
School guidance is often limited to the transmission of information on possible and available studies and trainings or to the mention of materials that can indicate where to find the information.
On the one hand, it favours a documentary approach, with shelves on which magazines are available to every young people who needs advice and information; and on the other hand, school guidance focuses only on the kinds of studies that have a link with the subjects taught in the classroom, as well as the academic contents and the necessary pre-requisite to follow a suggested syllabus, as if learning something was an end in itself, while forgetting that studies must lead to the job market at one point.
The support process suffers from a disconnection from the educational sphere such as teaching often experiences a dichotomy of the orientation system and process.
Everyday, teachers interacting with students, focus on their curriculum without any consideration for the economical and professional world around them. They often don’t have the time to ask their students about their career plans, their tastes, their family life or their psychology. For many teachers, their mission is only to teach an academic syllabus, which might be considered as justifiable, but these teachers actually limit their role. The teachers often consider that they are poorly trained to answer these questions, they therefore wrongly believe that this is the job of school counsellors. School counsellors clearly are experts on guidance but they only meet the students once in a while and they have no interaction with the teachers. Our systems need to create a real connection between the two spheres : school guidance and teaching.
Online Resources
  • What is apprenticeship?This document from the British government promotes: what is it? How can it be included in the educational system? How can we build a long-term apprenticeships system? Apprenticeships cannot be excluded from school guidance, it might be a new way to create jobs and train people.
  • School guidance throughout EuropeThis page explains how school guidance works throughout Europe. It is divided in three categories: national guidance systems, networks and institutions and good practices.
  • Guidance system in FranceThis website offers an analysis of the guidance system in France. It explains the targets of school guidance, the actors in information and guidance at school, their role, etc.

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Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Sigita - Lithuania

The strongest points of the E- learning package is the online accessibility of numerous resources for teachers and counsellors on how to understand pupils, how to deal with pupils at risk of early school leaving, how to motivate them to continue their studies at school.

Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by A. Navarro - Spain

The E-learning package section is an interesting source of information to include in my school counseling material. It enriches it.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Elizabeth David - France

All modules are interesting and present new approaches. I particularly liked module 6 with the chapter about generation Z. And I like the idea that students are the masters of the choices they make.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Didier Cahour - France

This module talks about ideas that already existed but that have never been set up.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Andreea Ionel - Romania

The six training modules provide teachers and counsellors with the necessary skills which can enable them to guide students in their professional career. The modules display a wide diversity of online materials ranging from personal opinions on blogs, scientific articles, e-books, surveys, lectures, interviews or in/formational, explanatory, factual, and demonstrative video clips.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Anabella Enachi - Romania

This module focuses on how teachers, school directors, counsellors, tutors or parents should help students by empowering them to discover themselves and identify the best ways to achieve their potential in life.
The module provides teachers and counsellors with theoretical and practical information on school guidance and counselling on career orientation starting from the basic definition of school guidance, its main actors, its role in students’ life as well as hands-on activities teachers and counsellors can use to help students with their career orientation and solutions to motivate students to stay at school. The module gives teachers and counsellors plenty of best practices, experiences and success stories to consider and follow.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.