Background to the programme
Contact with migrant parents is sometimes difficult due to linguistic and administrative reasons. No specific action was in place to support these adult migrants; in 2007 in Seine-Saint-Denis, the National Education launched an experimental action in three schools in partnership with three associations or social centres including the ASEA Association (Employment Solidarity Association of Aubervilliers).
Objectives of the programme
- Enable parents who come from abroad to comprehend school to make it more accessible. They can thus support the education of their children in better conditions and become parents of students in their own right.
- Help parents make linguistic progress, both orally and in writing, in sociolinguistic workshops which promote the independence of the parent participating.
- Composition of the necessary tools: specifications, programming, educational tools and evaluation by Marie Laparade of ASEA and Dominique Levet, the coordinator of the reception classes.
- In 13 schools in 12 towns in the department (2 in Aubervilliers) which generally have a reception class for Allophone Students Newly Arrived in France (EANAF), parents volunteer to participate in these workshops which are led in pairs: a sociolinguistic workshop trainer and a teacher. These workshops last the entire school year with two half-days each week during school time.
- Parents discover the spaces, identify the participants, discover the school rules, comprehend a quarterly newsletter, participate in orientation work, etc.
- School employees are invited to participate in the workshops, depending on the needs of the parents and trainers (principal, principal educational adviser, social worker, teachers ...)
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
Parents can better understand the school system, become more involved in school life and are able to support the education of their child. Some become active participants in the college: participating in the elections for pupil parents, attending class councils, requesting meetings with teachers ...
The evaluations show very positive results which led to an increase in the number of participating schools.
- The mixed composition of the teams (trainers and teachers) complement each other to produce a rich and original mix. The former knows the public who are being welcomed very well and the latter knows the classes and the specific options and apparatus of National Education.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
- Directorate of Departmental Services of National Education
- General Council
- Departmental Direction of Social Cohesion
- The partner organisations (associations, social centres)
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- Recruitment of parents,
- Varied level of effectiveness according to the territory
- Turn-over of teachers and school leaders
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
- The creation of a monthly educational committee
- Visits to workshops by both those referred to in the document
- Meetings with management teams, teachers and coordinators before the opening of the workshops
Suggestions for future improvement :
- Give more visibility to the project
- Continue the expansion in the territories with different partners
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- Success really depends on the educational and administrative team
- The program and teaching tools developed within the framework of this project bring consistency and quality to the content offered.
To know more
- Article by Dominique Levet, ("Building Partnerships to bring parents closer to schools") "Construire des partenariats pour rapprocher les parents des collèges", SAVOIRS ET FORMATION N°70 –octobre, novembre, décembre 2008