School Development Support Agency

Supporting the development of the school-led improvement system

European Networks and Study Visits

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Working closely with Germany's Federal Agency for Civic Education the SDSA is facilitating the Hard to Reach Learners (HTR) Focus Group. This brings together professionals, academics, reseachers and practitioners together from across the EU. This group pulls together strategies, practical ideas and resources for engaging with hard to reach learners, with a particular focus on citizenship education, both in formal and informal settings. The group has recently published its first book and has also produced a short animation to explain the concept of citzenship education.

 The SDSA has been hosting study visits for European teachers and education officers who are interested in learning about equality and diversity in schools and the wider community. These study visits offer a blended experience of expert talks and school visits. Leicester, being one of the most diverse cities in the UK, offers a perfect opportunity for for these international visitors.



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SDSA's Role

The SDSA provides facilitation for this focus group and is the key reference point for all members. We also co-ordinate and support international study visits

Project Impact

Network members report improved enagement with hard to reach learners and improvements in the citizenship education in participating EU countries. The study visits help participants to understand how UK schools are managing diversity, leading to improved outcome for newly arriving and settled diverse communities in Europe.

Project Lead

Khalid Mahmood

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