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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 4: Staying at school
3. How to motivate students?
The best way to encourage a youth to persevere is to offer him the perspective of a better job, to help him forget about a possible failure in the general education system while helping him find success in the vocational path, that offers him a job as promising as many others.
At this stage, schools should not just explain this but:
  • Ask former students to come and testify in front of students,
  • Take a special interest in the youth’s internships: they must be sure that the employers and the supervisors within the firms present the students success stories, happy and enthusiastic employees and who have experienced a career development.
  • Be sure that teachers (from all branches) are meaningful to the students. A connection between the different teachers should therefore be created.
  • Organize, for the teachers, times within a firm so that they can use this experience in their classes.
  • The best would be to start a real pedagogy based on projects that correspond to the needs of professionals who welcomed interns, to organize activities supervised by teachers of both the general and professional branches.
Online Resources
  • A testimony of a former studentThis link offers a testimony of a former student of a vocational school. He explains what he studied and how it allowed him to find a job.
  • The EXPAIRS projectIn French-speaking Belgium (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles): “EXPAIRS” project 2012 – 2014:
    This pilot project gathered 45 schools to work with 3rd year students from vocational schools on three topics:
    • motivation: to find elements that stimulate and raise the student’s interest in committing to their school path;
    • guidance path: to work on the student’s choice of career;
    • organization: think about a student centered approach
  • Preventing early school leavingThis is a guide to tackle early school leaving.

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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.