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Agrupamento de Escolas Professor Paula Nogueira
Rua Comunidade Lusiada
Olhão 8700-248
Portugal
Agrupamento de Escolas Professor Paula Nogueira is a school cluster made up of two lower
secondary schools, six primary schools and four kindergartens. It is located in a priority educational
territory, due to the low socioeconomic background of many of its inhabitants, the pupils’ school
results in national exams and early school leaving. Our school cluster has nearly 2000 pupils ranging
from 3-15 and over 100 teachers. There are classes of CEF (Vocational Training), PCA (Alternative
Curriculum) and PIEF (Integrated Program for Education and Training) for those students who are at
risk of leaving without completing their basic education. We are a reference school cluster for pupils
with multiple disabilities. In addition we have pupils from different nationalities and also Romani
pupils. It is our belief that by having the possibility to work with pupils from different origins and
countries towards a common goal, it will not only increase our pupils’ motivation and self-esteem but
also give them a better understanding of the opportunities EU provides for qualified workers, in the
hope they’ll realise school education/vocational training is always the best choice. Our school cluster
has been involved in European funded projects since 2009/2010 – four Comenius school
partnerships, six Comenius in-service training mobilities, ten Erasmus Plus KA219 which have
included all school levels, from Kindergarten till the 9th Grade, and two Erasmus Plus KA1. The
reason why we have been so active is that during the last external assessment the school cluster was
subjected to, the team of assessors identified the participation in national and international projects
as one of the strengths of our school cluster, with positive results in terms of interaction with the
community. The school cluster is motivated to join this project because one of the weaknesses
identified is the pupils’ attitudes towards their peers and other school staff. It has been a major goal
of our school cluster to improve the environment coexistence with the belief that this will help to tackle
early school leaving and reducing school failure. Bullying between peers has been detected every
now and then but it has been increasing in the last few years, with a special focus on Cyberbullying,
because of the use of social networks. We believe that working with an international team will provide
us with a better chance to improve teachers’ skills in preventing this problem and contribute to the
development of tolerance, acceptance and respect within the student community, because we will be
able to learn and work collaboratively with other schools who have been handling the same problem
through Europe. The key people in running the project have all permanent positions at school and are
well-experienced with in cooperating with students, parents, the local community and international
partners and we can count with the support of the local health centre and the school phycologist.