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SIRIUS network newsletter


The SIRIUS newsletter is a unique source for monthly updates on migrant education news, events, and policy developments.

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SIRIUS is a European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background. The project runs over a 3 year period (2012-2014) and is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Network partners include research centres, universities, civil society organisations and public entities. SIRIUS integrates existing studies and reports on migrant education, updates data, and hope to transform the policy implementation on migration and education throughout the European Union.

SIRIUS Event Report

The European Network for Educational Support Projects (ENESP) recently met in Hamburg. ENESP is a network of practitioners’ organisations that are involved in the educational support of school children and build strongly on resources in the immigrant communities themselves.

SIRIUS Event Report

Migration Policy Group hosted a SIRIUS stakeholder meeting in Brussels that gathered a number of European stakeholders to discuss recommendations 3 and 7 of the Language Rich Europe project.

SIRIUS Event Report

04/10/2013
Organised by our Flemish partners Vlor (Flemish Education Council), participants had the chance to discuss theoretical and practical issues related to the prevention of early school leaving for pupils with a migrant background.

SIRIUS Event Report

03/10/2013
Organised by our Croatian partners Forum For Freedom in Education and the Education and Teacher Training Agency, the aim of the conference was to discuss the current education policies in Croatia as well as to present good practices directed towards migrant education. 

SIRIUS Event Report

26/07/2013
Organised by SIRIUS partners FPCEUP/CIIE – Centre for Research and Intervention in Education and Programa Escolhas (Choices Programme), the discussion centred around current policies for integration, the role of schools in promoting inclusion and the competencies that professionals working with migrants and minorities need to have.

SIRIUS News

07/11/2013
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) is conducting the campaign  “Education, we have a problem!” on social inclusion in education from October 2013 to February 2014. The campaign is supported by SIRIUS and aims to raise awareness of the issues linked to social inclusion in education and give them visibility on national and European levels.

SIRIUS News

30/10/2013
Sabine Severins, together with Rick Wolff and Sanne van Herpen, has published an article entitled “Teaching for diversity: a literature overview and an analysis of the curriculum of a teacher training college” in the European Journal of Teacher TrainingClosely linked to the SIRIUS focus on ‘Improving Interactions in the Classroom’, the article highlights the importance of networks such as Sirius in supporting quality improvement in European teacher education.

SIRIUS News

17-18/10/2013
SIRIUS attended the recent European Commission Forum that brought together 350 policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss key policy developments linked to the Europe 2020 strategy, the strategic framework for European cooperation in Education and Training and the European Youth strategy.

SIRIUS News

SIRIUS has two new national partners from Greece: School of Education-University of Western Macedonia (UoWM) and Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education (HAIE). The latter is organising an international seminar for teachers and adult trainers in Athens in April 2014.

SIRIUS TV

Have you had a look at the videos on SIRIUS TV? This section offers a collection of videos from Youtube, Vimeo and Dailymotion that deal with different aspects of migrant education. Some recently posted videos include:
Nincs tanítás, csak tanulás (Hungarian)

SIRIUS Events

Oslo, 14-15 November 2013: A delegation from Croatia, Austria, Portugal and The Netherlands will participate in reviewing schooling and classroom interactions.

SIRIUS Events

Vilnius, 21-22 November 2013: Approaches towards comprehensive Language Support
This Workshop organised by Public Policy Management Institute and the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science will discuss the state-of-art of host language acquisition approaches in Europe, establish best practices and clarify the role of stakeholders in language support policies.

SIRIUS Events

Brussels, 22 November 2013: Vocational education and training to counter social exclusion 
In light of the recent creation of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, SIRIUS is holding a stakeholder meeting to discuss the topic of Vocational Education and Training (VET) for immigrants at a European level. The event will be held in the Hessen Representation in the EU.

SIRIUS Events

Germany - 2 December 2013
The Netherlands - 4 December 2013
SIRIUS partners create spaces where policy makers, researchers and practitioners can share knowledge and experiences on policy implementation and good practices related to education and migration.

Upcoming Events

Vilnius, 25-27 November 2013School Leadership as an Impetus to Educational Policy Reforms
The European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL), a sister project of SIRIUS, is organising a peer learning activity to validate the understandings of School Leadership in the context of educational reforms. 

Upcoming Events

Vukovar, Croatia 13 December 2013: The Sustainability of Divided Education

Good practices

Three relevant good practices were uploaded on the European Web Site on Integration this month: (1) Kringlebakken; (2) Engage - Mentor's Project; and (3) Living in Latvia 2
Kringlebakken (Denmark) teaches women and girls the Danish language and how Danish society works, helps them find friends, and offers homework help to students.
Engage - Mentor's Project (Portugal) has created a network of corporate volunteers – mentors – available to provide guidance, orientation or information to immigrants – mentees – according to their needs in different areas (qualification and job search, entrepreneurship, health, parenting, citizenship and participation, among others).
Living in Latvia 2 (Latvia) consisted of workshops on political, social, economic and cultural life in Latvia, as well as activities, tours, expert consultations and interest clubs to help immigrants to integrate.

Documents

07/11/2013
The annual Education and Training Monitor examines the evolution of Europe’s education and training systems. It takes into account various benchmarks and indicators but also recent studies and policy developments. It highlights the inequalities of many education and training systems in Europe, reflected by strong disadvantages in the skills and qualifications of social groups such as young people with a migrant background.

Documents

04/11/2013
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Pisa in Focus study indicates that education and social policy can have an impact not only on immigrant students’ performance in reading but also on how prepared they are to make the most of available opportunities in their host countries.

Documents

17/10/2013
Too many EU students from under-represented groups leave higher education before completing their degrees, according to a recent Commission report. Students coming from poor socio-economic backgrounds are by far the most likely to drop out of higher education.
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