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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 2 - Times of intervention and different roles
1. National level
This chapter will point out the different actors in the orientation life of students. The idea is to organize working groups, at different levels and that these groups work together for the well-being of the students, while not forgetting that they are the actors of their own decisions and professional life.
An efficient orientation guidance requests a management at different levels of the educational system :
  • National
  • Regional
  • School
The notion of steering committees means that clear goals are established in order to make the different initiatives relevant and also to provoke them. The idea is that the actions undertaken are not only linked with the founding project but also they should be shared by all the actors willing to work in a coordinated manner.
That is to say: willing to inform the actors of the planned initiatives and to inquire on existing projects in order to be complementary or to associate the other actors to the existing initiatives.
For this to work, a steering committee will be formed at each level and will be composed of different key actors in order to set up a consistent and relevant guidance.
The national level will connect together animation and pedagogical organizations, representatives of regional steering committees, parents associations, school counsellors, national education psychologists associations but also partners from the social and economic world: trade unions, professional branches, representatives of social and solidarity organizations, organizations for the promotion of entrepreneurship. The national level should also not forget to represent students, who are the ones primarily concerned and the ones who can tell if the initiatives meet their expectations
  • Offer resources and supports for local actors : in particular material to help the actors get in touch with other actors or with students such as guides to organize proper meetings, interactive digital support to encourage self-awareness, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) so teachers can learn how to guide students
  • Conclude framework agreements to favour a local and regional implementation, with schools of higher education, professional federations, associations promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship
  • Provide the animation of the regional bodies while following a consistent and efficient logic thanks to national meetings, local actions, inter-active platforms
Online Resources
  • Steering Committes in FranceThis website is a guide from the French Ministry of Education on how organizing and reinforcing steering committees.
  • Les cordées de la réussiteRenaSup created a partnership (‘Les cordées de la réussite’) to promote vocational education and created different support devices.
  • An experience in CanadaThis page is an example of a plan of actions when it comes to education. It comes from Ontario (Canada) and it shows the importance for the government to really consider education as a major theme.

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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.