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Developing teachers and pupils – strengthening the competences of teachers at schools and school facilities when working with pupils with SEN / special educational needs)

Solution period: 07/01/2020 – 12/31/2022
Contract authority: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
Realizator: ACADEMIA IREAS, o.p.s.
Registration number: CZ.02.3.61/0.0/0.0/19_077/0016827
Contact: Jitka Šeflová (seflova@ireas.cz)

The number of pupils with SEN in regular classes has been increasing recently and so has been the necessity of developing teachers’ abilities and skills concerning interaction with these pupils. Teachers are often not sure how to deal with pupils with SEN in their classes, yet they might play a crucial role in their integration. This project focuses on development of competences of teachers and other workers in the educational system as well as on growth of pupils because a positive climate in class in the long term can only be achieved through reciprocal cooperation between teachers and pupils.

The project will run for two years in five regions in the Czech Republic: Prague, Central Bohemian Region, Ústí Region, Pardubice Region and South Bohemian Region. In each of the regions, two different types of seminars will take place.

1. Main competence development – these seminars include the following topics: new perspective at problem behaviour, respectful communication, prevention and stabilization of problem behaviour and class work. They are divided into two two-day seminars 16 hours each (these seminars are external with accommodation arranged) and one one-day, 8-hour seminar. These seminars will include lectures under the auspices of experienced lectors as well as practising new skills and they require involvement of max. 15 teachers in the duration of min. 30 hours.

2. Specialized competence development – these seminars focus on more specific topics (e.g., teacher’s psychohygiene, bullying and cyber bullying, pupils with a different mother tongue, work with abused children) and they will run for 6 days, 6 hours a day. Participation in these seminars is voluntary and again, there will be max. 15 participants per group.

Another part of the project consists of educational videos for participants and methodological materials for teachers, which will help teachers work on developing the class climate and on pupils’ personal and social growth directly while teaching. Teachers involved in the project can also use the offer of group or individual supervisions or consultations with specialists which will be for free, as are all the other activities included in the project.
Project team: Jitka Šeflová, Michaela Jeřábková