ITALY – Istituto Comprensivo Pegli
Our school is a state “Istituto Comprensivo” that means there are schools of the three types of the Italian compulsory education: 5 Infant schools, 3 Primary schools and 2 Middle schools. In total there are 1708 students, 169 teachers,1 principal and 43 secretaries.
The main aim, from Infant to Middle school, is to develop the pupils’ competences through learning by doing, in order to enable the young generations to face the different situations of the present and future everyday life. For this reason 5 years ago the school started to focus on two areas: technology and foreign languages. In particular in one of the two Middle schools there is a course where students do not use books or exercise books, but mainly tablets. From the age of 6 (first form of Primary school) to the age of 11 (last year of Primary school) all the students study English and before going to Middle school they can do grade 1 or 2 of Trinity College of London Exams. At Middle school they study both English and French. This is the first school year with a course in Foreign languages in which the students have extra classes with English and French mother-tongue teachers. At Middle school the students can do grades 3,4,5, of Trinity College of London Exams and DELF A1, A2.
At the end of Middle school the students have to decide the kind of studies they want to follow.To help them in their choice there are some teachers trained to give advice and information. According to the students’ interests they suggest the most suitable Secondary school.
The social context is not homogeneous: the pupils come from different countries and social classes, but all of them are well integrated.