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.