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An Intercultural Look at our Schools Toolkit

The Toolkit is intended for post-primary schools in Ireland. It provides a framework for schools wishing to address the intercultural dimension in the school.

It aims to raise awareness of the role students’ plurilingual and pluricultural identities and competences play in their learning in a school setting.

It also aims to support teachers and school management in facilitating and promoting students’ access to the curriculum. When schools consider the intercultural dimension of teaching and learning, they are ensuring that students develop and can reach their potential in all subjects. The toolkit also encourages schools to cast an intercultural look at aspects of school life beyond the classroom to ensure that all languages and cultures of the school community are included and valued.

An Intercultural Look at our Schools Toolkit advocates for a whole-school approach to improvement.  It surveys and includes the voices of all members of the school community: The Board of Management, principal, deputy principal(s), teachers, non-teaching staff, students and parents/guardians.

This toolkit has been developed by Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) in collaboration with Dublin-Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) developed a project called A Roadmap to Support the Languages of Schooling. Both for PPLI and DDLETB were involved in the project with the ECML and decided to localise the project for the Irish post-primary context. The result is this toolkit for self-evaluation and support for intercultural and linguistic diversity in schools wishing to address inclusion. We acknowledge the ECML support in the process.

Get involved by visiting: https://ilaos.ppli.ie/