Portfolio of Integration (POI) Project

This Comenius multilateral project within the EC's LLP involved five participating countries (Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey and the UK).

The main aims of the Portfolio of Integration (POI) project were to test and validate the Notebook of Integration in different national contexts and to adapt the particular content to such contexts. The Notebook itself is an observational and evaluative toolkit originally developed by Oxfam Italia to enhance teachers’ knowledge skills and pedagogy in order to improve the educational integration of migrant/new arrival school students.

As the UK Partner, the Education for Global Citizenship Unit, which is hosted in CRADALL under the directorship of Alan Britton, organised a systematic training course in collaboration with a cluster of schools in the South Lanarkshire region of Scotland. More than 20 secondary teachers with a range of subject specialisms engaged with the training over a series of after-school sessions. A strong sense of positive impact emerged during these sessions and from the post-input evaluations. These noted the changes in practice prompted by the POI training and the Notebook, while restating one of the main themes from the Needs Analysis undertaken at the outset of the Project; namely that teachers in Scotland require ongoing support in developing the knowledge, skills and pedagogies that are best able to support the integration of new arrival pupils.

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