There are different approaches allowing a positive outcome in second chance learning, adequate curricula and pedagogy as well as social and emotional support being among the most important ones.
When it comes to curricula, some schools teach according to the initial education curricula, but still focus on specific learning needs of their students offering flexible schedules, after work or weekend classes. Others focus on vocational training, offering students practical work experience preparing them for the labor market. For that reason, local employers are often involved, offering internships for students and preparing them for the local employment needs. Another important aspect of the curricula is setting objectives and developing actions plans as well as learning through art and sports by organizing different workshops or outdoor activities which has proven to play a significant role in increasing self-awareness and self-esteem in students.
The Teacher as a Mentor
To make all this possible, students need adequate support. It is beneficial for students to have teachers who are also their mentors and coaches helping them with personal and school problems and giving them continuous encouragement. Besides teachers, including specialists (psychologists, social workers) and family in the learning process is important for students to feel like they have necessary support and encouragement. These factors help students keep their motivation for learning, thus facilitating their transition into further education and training or into the labor market.