Senate Department for Education, Science and Research – School Authority Berlin-Neukölln
The regional school authority Berlin-Neukölln is a supervisory body of the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Berlin. 42 primary schools and 23 secondary schools are under the authority body’s supervision.
The duties of the school authority include the overall improvement of standards in schools, ensuring a focus on the individual students, organising an efficient use of staff, conflict and crisis management as well as complaints management and the organisation of networks between school and other partners related to schools and their administration.
The municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the capital of Noord Brabant, the largest province of The Netherlands. The city has approximately 139.000 inhabitants and offers a wide range of educational programmes. One of the main goals of the Youth and Education Policy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is to reduce the number of young people leaving school without any qualifications. A considerable number of projects for preventing early school-leaving, youth unemployment and projects aimed at the re-integration of young people have been developed. Because of the municipality’s involvement with all of these projects it has close contacts with all the educational institutions in and around the city.
Formerly the Kurt-Löwenstein School this secondary school is located in the northern part of Berlin-Neukölln. The surrounding area is characterised by poor educational standards and unemployment. 93% of students come from migrant backgrounds. Social work has been offered to the pupils at the school since 2003 and has been developing ever since. The school management makes up part of the advisory council for youth social work in Berlin schools. Work with potential dropouts is a central part of the social work at the Röntgen School which also has a strong ethos of parental involvement and community work.
Formerly the Anna-Siemsen-Schule this is a secondary school in Neukölln. More than 80% of pupils have a migrant background. Work with potential dropouts is a central part of the social work in the school.
The overall ethos of the school is a commitment to vocational education. Through intense employment orientation starting in the 7th grade the school tries to increase the pupils’ chances of finding placements.
Hervion College is a secondary school for prevocational education in `s-Hertogenbosch and is part of the OMO association (Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs). The students are from 12 to 18 years old. Hervion College focuses on innovative educational approaches - the school has already worked for many years with a variety of EU exchange programmes. The ethos of the school is to give pupils as much responsibility as possible; they are active learners, teachers only facilitate the learning process.
Koning Willem 1 College
Koning Willem 1 College is a school for vocational educational training (VET-school) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It is a community college with an international ethos, focused on developing the students’ individual talents and stimulating creative thinking. The school has a large number of vocational programmes on levels 1, 2, 3 and 4, the main areas being: the human being and health, technology, economy and culture and adult education. 12,000 students follow courses (part-time and full-time).
Tandem is a non-profit organisation for qualification and employment, also carrying out social work in schools. Tandem is currently responsible for 31 “school stations” in Berlin. A “school-station” is a drop-in centre for pupils, parents and teachers of any school which offers help, consultation services and support. The organisation also focuses on intervention and crisis intervention in schools as well as integration and mediation projects. They work closely with the youth office and other local partners.
EuropaBeratung Berlin is an advisory service in Berlin that aims to give those working in the fields of education and vocational training an understanding of the value of a European outlook for young people and highlights new ways for young people to be integrated into the labour market through EU programmes. EBB offers advice on good practice, makes suggestions on how to implement new projects and gives support in finding EU partners as well as help in developing and managing projects.
Zukunftsbau GmbH is a non-profit organisation for qualification and employment and was commissioned to create the EBB by the Senate Administration for Education, Research and Employment.
PSW employment consultancy is a non-profit organisation situated in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. PSW is an important actor in the Dutch labour market, offering consultancy, project development advice, project management, research into labour market issues and training about how to deal with these. PSW focuses mainly on the re-integration of people on the labour market who have a disability. PSW is always is always on the look out for new and internationally-inspired ways to develop and achieve its goals.