The school lies in a rural industrial context with good road access to nearby cities. This area used to have big textile industries but nowadays this area has a high rate of unemployment due to the fact that these industries have shut down. Agrupamento de Escolas de Tomaz Pelayo is a group of public schools situated in Santo Tirso municipality, in the north of Portugal. Tomaz Pelayo Secondary School is the High School where most students start their education at the age of 12 and finish at the age of 18. It offers a wide variety of courses including: general; vocational courses as well as adult education. Adult education has become a priority in the past years and there have been about 600 students involved in it. Adults are mostly workers or temporarily unemployed who have decided to improve their educational skills in order to improve their life and employability skills. The aim of the school is not only to broaden students' horizons in educational terms, mainly mother tongue, English, ICT, but also to develop autonomy, responsibility, creativity and human values such as: democracy, tolerance, friendship and understanding of other cultures and beliefs. Involving students into the project will both motivate them to learn and enhance their self-estem. Moreover this project will help them to mature pesonally and academically, by improving their career prospects. Tomaz Pelayo Secondary School has had adult education for many years, coping with the economic and social problems of Santo Tirso. There are still many adults (employed, unemployed and groups at risk of exclusions) in this area who have not completed secondary education. In fact, the Portuguese adult education system is part of a national strategy for national development. The main aim is to raise academic ability and vocational qualifications and enhance employability and certification of acquired learning. The school uses an interdisciplinary team of support personnel to plan and monitor curriculum and provide extra instructional support to targeted students with special needs or at risk of exclusion. In order to promote social inclusion the school offers a wide range of educational opportunities as well as trained staff (teachers, psychologists and career advisers) that organizes and monitors the educational process.
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