“Transition from school into the after-school life through methods of person-centred-planning” (Erasmus +)

The project team searches for answers to the following questions: how can we prepare the students for a future after school and how to adapt the school education for this? How to involve parents in this process? How to cooperate with other institutions in order to provide our students with better opportunities in life? How to prepare the teachers to lead the pupils to a successful life after school?

The main project output is a model including different methods of person-centred planning, which will include needs analysis and comparison, collection of best practices of transition to the working life, guidelines about how to point out the possibilities and wishes for the students after school. These materials will help teachers working with young people with disabilities for supporting them in transition to independent life and the world of work. We will test these materials in each partner country in order to improve their quality and check their relevance and applicability.

The project partnership involves schools, service providers for people with intellectual disabilities, training and counselling centres, which are going to find better solutions tackling the problem from various aspects and experiences: Ahtme School (Estonia), L.C.EDUCATIONAL LTD (Cyprus), Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste GmbH (Austria), Mockfjärdsskolan (Sweden) and Domov socialnych sluzieb pre deti a dospelych Sibirka (Slovakia). All the project partners met in Slovakia in October 2016 at the contact seminar “Removing Barriers” - Access to learning opportunities for disabled learners at pre-primary, primary, secondary and adult levels".

The project is innovative for the partnership and it tackles the challenges of each partner institution and their networks.
Our initiative is complimentary to the materials of handbook "Individual Transition Plans. Supporting the Move from School to Employment" (European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, 2006), providing practitioners' experience and the tools worked out in cooperation of the present partnership.

The measurable project results will be:
- one a model including different methods of person-centred planning, which will contain needs analysis and comparison, collection of best practices of transition to the working life, guidelines about how to point out the possibilities and wishes for the students after school (the materials in English and national languages);
- at least 20 teachers/ trainers/ councellors involved in the project international activities;
- at least 140 teachers/ trainers/ councellors involved in the project local activities;
- the project video diary in English including main project messages and findings.

We will achieve the expected results by the following methods:
1. Thorough local work and collection of best practices and challenges (including case studies).
2. Two transnational project meetings for providing effective project management and communication of the partners.
3. Three short-term learning programmes for specialists of partner the institutions. During the programmes we will involve external experts and work on the project materials and answering the questions we state at the beginning of the project. The learning programmes will include workshops, art therapy, demonstration, study visits, meeting experts and learning from them.
4. Testing the worked out materials with the students - piloting the materials - focus group in each country: 8 persons in each country (students, assistants or parents).
5. Publishing the project output and its dissemination.

The project participants are teachers/ trainers and specialists of the partner organisations, who are responsible for preparation of their learners for employment.
The main project impact is the fact the teachers/trainers/specialists will be better prepared to support their students on their transition from school into the after-work-life in cooperation with other professionals. They will acquire the knowledge and tools which will be implemented in each partner institution, adopt collaborative and innovative practices.

As other strategic partnerships in Erasmus+ we aim to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

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