„Good Start“ methodology is aiming at the development of social and emotional competencies of children. It is implemented in formal and informal pre-school settings in the Czech Republic. Heading now at primary & secondary schools as well.

Good Start Methodology:

  • Is inclusive. It involves all children in class including children from different cultural backgrounds, disadvantaged social environments, and children with behaviour difficulties.
  • Provide guidance for teachers and parents. Presents methods and strategies of how to support social and emotional development of children and how to deal with problematic situations.
  • Is evidence-based. This methodology has been tested abroad for over 30 years and has evidence of positively influencing the communication between children and teachers and relationships in a family. Schola Empirica has introduced the Good Start methodology in Czech pre-schools in 2011 and has since reached over 300 teachers, across 100 pre-schools in the Czech Republic.
  • Based on the cooperation with parents. The Good Start methodology is being developed for parents and social workers.

Learning Entrepreneurship Project

We provide primary school teachers with the support to develop creativity and entrepreneurship skills of pupils. The project is focused on enhancing the ability to see the opportunities in one’s own surroundings and how to use one’s own skills and capacities to transform these opportunities into the personal targets in creative and innovative ways.

We support teachers in their adoption of new methods which encourage pupils to take responsibility and initiative in learning. By applying these methods, the teacher becomes a facilitator rather than a mere provider of information. The approach helps pupils to i. improve their capability to identify opportunities, ii. improve their competence to develop ideas on how to take advantage of opportunities, and iii. enlarge their capacity to turn plans into reality.

The project brings evidence-based approaches tested in various Western countries to Czech schools, resulting in the following two key benefits for their pupils:

  • increased applicability of the learning processes
  • higher subjective satisfaction with learning processes

The aim of the project is to develop various skills of children, such as:

  • virtue of listening
  • presenting skills
  • ability to solve problems
  • creativity
  • staying positive in adverse conditions
  • aiming high
  • leadership skills
  • effective teamwork

As of today, 14 project schools and 42 associated schools are involved in the project. Teachers praise the curriculum as well as the highly professional approach of Schola Empirica’s administrative team. One of the teachers from Hradec Králové summarized his feelings about the project: “I would say that the project has taken off very well. Goals are good and relevant not only for pupils but for the whole society. I was afraid of the administration related to the project. However, the system of reporting and sharing of documents is quite fine. It does not consume much time to service it.”

The guarantor of the project is NGO Schola Empirica. The NGO has focused on the transfer of evidence-based methods to the Czech educational system since 2004. The project is financed from EU funds.