Toolbox – Whole School Approach
Whole school approach can be defined as a holistic approach in a school that has been strategically constructed to improve student learning, behaviour and well-being, and provide conditions that support these. The approach involves all members of the school community, including school management, school staff, students, parents and the broader community – working together to promote a sense of belonging and cohesion. A ‘whole school approach’ implies cross-sectoral alliances and stronger cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders beyond the educational field (e.g., social services, youth services, psychologists, health workers, local authorities, NGOs, businesses, etc.). For this approach to be effective, school management needs to identify and address the needs of the school community and must also be involved in ongoing monitoring and evaluation, with respect to incidences of intolerance (NESET II, Report Education Policies and Practices to foster tolerance, respect for diversity and civic responsibility in children and young people in the EU, , (European Commission, 2016), page 28)
To create a culture of democracy and intercultural dialogue, the role of schools is essential in making the intercultural education a priority. This section aims at providing project ideas that can help students, teachers and the whole school community develop their intercultural competences. While working together on a common project, students and educators broaden their horizons and open up to the surrounding world. These projects often include the collaboration with local associations and non formal education providers.