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LINK - Learning in a New Key

The project addresses the risks to the continuing learning and school attendance of young people in Europe who are currently disadvantaged in formal education because they are challenged by their emotional and mental states and consequent poor social interactions (Target Group 1).

The identified project group plans to exploit theoretical understandings and practical know how that has been developed at a trans-European level by expert music therapists through applications with teachers and educationalists in challenging classroom contexts. This is a response to the recommendations in the Final Report on the Thematic Working Group on Early School Leaving (FRTWGESL) as follows:


  1. The quality of teaching and the competences of the teachers are a determining factor in the contribution teachers can make to reducing ESL. High quality teaching and learning calls for the continuous professional development of teaching staff. Adopting a learner-centred approach in teacher education with a focus on diversity and inclusion is recommended;

  2. Teachers need the skills and ability to work with other professions and partners to prevent ESL;

  3. Cooperation is particularly important in second chance education where learners often face multiple problems and require comprehensive support;

  4. Cooperation should be centred on schools. Their boundaries should be opened up to enable them to include other professionals (as teams) such as social workers, youth workers, outreach care workers, psychologists, nurses, speech and language therapists and occupational guidance specialists in efforts to reduce ESL.


Programa Erasmus+ da Comissão Europeia (KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices; Field: Strategic partnerships for school education)




Nick Clough, Novalis Trust (Reino Unido)


Novalis Trust (Reino Unido) (Coord.)

University of the West of England (Reino Unido)

AE2O – Associação para a Educação de Segunda Oportunidade (Portugal)

CIIE/FPCEUP – Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

Gimnazjum nr 1 im. Jana Pawla II (Polónia)

Polskie Stowarzyszenie Terapii Przez Sztuke (Polónia)

Istituto Comprensivo Granarolo dell'Emilia (Itália)

Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita Di Bologna (Itália)

Associazione MusicSpace Italy (Itália)

Investigadora responsável:

Eunice Macedo

Equipa do CIIE/FPCEUP:

Eunice Macedo (IR)

Helena C. Araújo

Sofia A. Santos

Alexandra Carvalho (bolseira de investigação)


19-9-2015 – 19-9-2017

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