Including Children / Young People Affected by Migration in Schools by Improving Convivencia (Harmony), Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Wellbeing

The outcomes of the ICAM approach

Consequently ICAM develops a child and family support programme for schools which:

I) Increases the awareness of CAM who are potential victims of exclusion and those who are in contact with them, so that all understand and benefit from their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on the Exercise of Children's Rights.

J) Applies lessons learned about the long term effects of displacement and bereavement on CAM who were evacuees during World War 2.

K) Through training and support, reinforces the capacities of educators and families to ensure the inclusion of CAM in mainstream schools.

L) Develops the whole school formal and informal curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and wellbeing with extra support that meets the additional SEL needs of CAM.

M) Improves inclusion and safe learning in school by improving the whole school environment of convivencia concentrating on 12 areas of school organization which combine to create the climate of convivencia.

N) Develops peer-led initiatives for children / young people in schools that promotes their ownership and responsibility for including all students fully in the life of the school.

O) Applies an on-line ICAM school review instrument of SEL and the school’s organisation for convivencia and inclusion, involving input by all stakeholders.

P) Reinforces cooperation between schools, families, NGOs and other agencies/organisations that are in contact with CAM.

Upscaling the ICAM project

Upscaling the ICAM project

Networking and upscaling is promoted throughout the two years of the project through planned communication, a website and the use of social media, articles in professional journals, conference input and the engagement with national and local education adminsitration and allied organisations who will adopt and upscale the project in 2018. There is a growing European awareness of the imprortance of SEL and school climate for improving the learning capacity and wellbeing of children and young people and a widespread concern for the integration in school of those affected by migration. This project provides a set of solutions to these combined issues in a programme for schools throughout Europe to adopt and to continue developing. ICAM will be developed in project schools from May 2017 to December 2018



What the ICAM team will provide for schools:

1. Professional development for two ICAM school leaders of inclusion, convivencia and SEL, including a four day training workshop and six visits for ongoing coaching from ICAM experts.

2. A school handbook and database for school ICAM development together with teaching and learning materials.

3. A comprehensive, easy to administer, on-line, ICAM school review instrument with a help line for any technical issues.

4 A full analysis of results and comparative data from other schools nationally and locally.

5. Access to a European network of schools for the sharing of good practice.

What schools are expected to do:

1. Identify two ICAM school leaders meeting the person specification provided and allow their involvement in the professional development for the project.

2. Carry out the ICAM school review at least annually and share the results online as part of a national database.

3. Develop an action plan (integrated into the school improvement plan) based on the results of the ICAM review.

4. Carry out the action plan and improve the inclusion of CAM as a result, also becoming a Level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting School (if not already achieved).

5. Share experiences with other schools in Europe and be prepared to offer expertise to promote the ICAM nationally (Any release of staff to become trained as ICAM national facilitators will be fully funded)

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