LLP Comenius – School violence project 2010

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For many years, violence has intruded in school. This evidence is shared throughout Europe by all stakeholders, as teachers, pupils, parents, police, educators, … Well beyond some of the dramatic affairs that Europe has known in recent years, it is necessary to tackle daily violence, be it physical or psychological, which has become too prevalent. Sometimes daily, sometimes isolated, this violence exists in all European countries, in all schools, changing its forms and its protagonists from case to case.

Without being alarmist, it is essential to not consider school as an isolated institution, able to regulate a global phenomenon by itself. This violence is deeply polymorphous and is a complex process of which we have to consider a maximum of aspects.


Often, violence does not originate within school, but grows there. Then, the role of the school institution is to try to regulate it, or even stop it.

But sometimes school itself, as any institution, creates such violence and it is essential to take it in consideration. 


It is also necessary to approach a school in its territory, with external influences and multiple dynamics (economic, demographic, religious, ethnic dimensions…). Then,  one will etermine which of these factors have a real influence on the phenomenon of violence.


It is also essential to keep in mind that these dynamics are very often two-way and violence is very often reflected in the city, threatening social cohesion.


It is everybody’s affair.


However a school can not be considered as a public place like any other, and we can not address violence with the same means and actors as in a station or other public spaces. It is an institution apart, with its own codes and actors who need to receive supplementary means and tools to fight against daily violence.




Rather that increasing the number of actions of external actors in school, we can plan to introduce here their knowledge and experiences.

The objective of this project will be to propose to schools and their staff relevant tools allowing a better understanding and management of this violence. Many of them have to face with violence: Teachers and pupils obviously but also supervisors, administrative and medical staff,…


The general goal will be to develop in partnership with a wide panel of actors a tool kit allowing a better management of violence, better training for school staff and  better understanding for pupils.




During the first step, a specific safety audit will be implemented in one school of each partner city, allowing to highlight most important and relevant issues and so to define the future tool kit.

Based on these studies, professionals (pedagogy, security, health, city management,..) will work together in order to transform this knowledge and these experiences into tools usable by teachers, schools and pupils. This tool will contain theory and information including results of the audit, existing best practices in Europe as well as accounts and recommendations but will aim also to propose training modules that school will be able to implement. At last, the project will aim also to develop a didactic and pedagogical way to tackle the problem of violence with pupils.