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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
3. School Level
The school level will associate all the actors that are in contact with students:
  • School directors and management staff: this level really is important because it is the one that has more hindsight and that collect every detail concerning the student. They have an overall vision of each student. The school directors and management staff often have confidential pieces of information given by families or other structures such as legal protection for youth and minors. This level also has many contacts and interactions with the economic and social world, with suppliers for example. It can also create partnerships.
  • Teachers: with the school staff, this group is likely the one to have more interaction with the youth in the context of teaching and school assessment but also because if the youth feel they can trust their teachers, they can start a confident dialogue outside the school work.
  • School staff: this group really is important because it is situated between actual teaching and extracurricular activities within the school. This group can observe the behavior of each student outside the classroom: relationship between students, hobbies they like… The people of this group do not really represent authority. Therefore, the youth often create a confident dialogue with them.
  • Guidance counsellor: as they are experts on guidance, their contribution is important. Their vision of the youth is more global and they do not only think in terms of school success and grades.
  • Parents: they are the first educators of a child. They have a specific vision which is sometimes not objective because of the affective dimension and because of their own ambitions. But at the same time, they can bring important elements into the picture to help their child in his career choice.
  • Former students: they’re an important resource because they were in the shoes of the students not long ago. Their testimony and sharing of experience is necessary for the students and somehow, the students feel close to the alumni.
  • Partners from the social and economic world: like the alumni, they bring reality into the classroom. They can explain the requirements of a job or another. They can also offer internships that will teach the students many things such as the benefits and disadvantages of a job. During an internship, a student will not behave like he does in the classroom. The partners can witness and tell about this behavior.
Online Resources
  • The role of the school counsellorThis website explains the role of the school counsellor. As it is explained on the page, it was a time when school counsellors only did paper work. Nowadays, their role is much more important.
  • How to organize a career day at schoolThis guide explains how to organize a career day at school. It also shows that it is a relevant initiative. As it is stated, “it raises awareness about the importance of college, connects students with many different professions and gives community members a chance to share their expertise with students.”
  • How to organize a career day successfullyThis article gives advice on how to organize a career day successfully. A career day is a way to involve every stakeholders of the students’ lives, school staff, parents, former students, professionals…
  • Parent-Teacher conferencesThis page shows the importance of Parent-Teacher conferences. Parents need to be involved in their children’s education and choices of career. It is also a way to create a link between parents, children and school staff.

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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.