Escola Básica e Secundária Dr. Ângelo Augusto da Silva

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Escola Básica e Secundária Dr. Ângelo Augusto da Silva is located in the center of Funchal, Madeira. Escola da Levada, as it is also known, started off as a school dedicated to the 3rd cycle, and the compulsory education of nine years became a reality after April 25th, 1974, as an answer to the need for education as a constitutional right of all. From 1984 on, the school also offers secondary education. On that same year, the school had 2024 students, nearly double of the current students. Nowadays, the school has a diverse educational offer, including the Regular Education from 5th to 12th year, the Vocational Education and Courses of Education and Training, in order to prepare young people in our society to the work market and the future increasingly competitive, not neglecting the appreciation and respect for diversity. The School offers a structured teaching unit for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and includes students with other special educational needs in their classes. Almost all of the students, those who follow the regular curriculum, are full time with their classes. Those who are not able to follow the regular curriculum and have a specific curriculum designed according to their needs, are part-time and in some subjects in the class to which they belong to. Even though the school has developed measures to fight school failure and early school leaving, which have shown some positive effects, our school intends to increasingly act on prevention, thus avoiding the significant number of retentions. On the other hand we know that parents have a very important role to play in school. However, we find that between the school and parents there is no cooperative relationship in order to promote / encourage new practices and strategies to bring new quality standards for education. Parents only are invited to take part in individual meetings, objectifying the resolution of a problem that affects their children. We arrived for the conclusion that parents do not have the habit of coming in contact with the school without being called. The family relationship is very important in personal and social development of children and it is essential to the emotional development of adolescents. It’s very important to make parents feel responsible for the teaching and learning processes of their children because they are the first and foremost educators as the family environment is the first educational place. If we can get through this project, parents will go to school and be more involved in the projects and school activities. It will be an asset to participate in this project. Being a school in an ultra-peripheral region, it (being the entire educational community) faces a number of difficulties related to its geographical features.