The Erasmus Project Raising Aspirations for Social Inclusion is an important two-year European project, from October 2018 to the end of 2020 where our school is involved. Five schools represent five different European countries: Italy, Finland, Sweden, Romania and United Kingdom.
The main goal of this project consists in developing new pedagogical and educational methods and solutions in order to better arrange, coordinate and improve the education of all the students but paying specific attention to students with special educational needs, the so-called SEN students.
Therefore, this project aims not only to improve the education quality but also to increase school motivation and prevent school dropouts.
This project is composed by rotational transnational project meetings every six months in one of the different schools involved through short-term joint staff training events for special education teachers and for principals in order to develop the organizing of special need teaching in order to develop, share, and improve new ideas among the different schools and educational situations.
Thanks to the Rasi Final Seminar held on April 29th 2021 – postponed in 2021 due to Covid-19 – the Rasi project can be considered successfully completed by our school. We haven’t simply achieved our goals about increasing and further developing our skills towards SEN students but we have improved some of our strategies and tools through our meetings with other European school realities, too.
For this reason, we have carried out a school access procedure for all our SEN students which we have been just starting during this school year in order to better define and understand each student’s needs from the very beginning of their experience in our school.
Furthermore, both pandemic and its resulting consequences on our students and the Rasi project focused us even more on the need of introducing a weekly lesson in all our classes about school orienteering, personal skills, and empathy held by psychologists who are expert on school and job training.