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Units of Support for High Performance in Schools

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UAARE aims at an effective articulation between schools, parents, sports federations and their agents, sports clubs, sports medical centres and local authorities, among other interested parties, with the goal of successfully reconciling school and sports success of athlete-students with high-performance status, playing in national teams or revealing potential sports talent, following the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on dual careers for athletes, Official Journal of the European Union, 14.6.2013 2013/C 168/04.


According to these conclusions, the term ‘dual career’ should mean that an athlete can combine, without unreasonable personal effort, their sporting career with education and/or work in a flexible way through high-quality training in order to protect their moral, health, educational and professional interests, without compromising either objective.


The double life of a UAARE student means lack of time and high pressure to perform, both academically and in sports, with 10-hour working days, intensive training (twice to three times a day), transitions (in the timeline of an athlete's career), competitions and internships (national and international), school absence (with increased frequency and duration) and demands in family and social life (due to relocation).


However, there are several dual career benefits for athlete-students that translate into improvements in: health (e.g., stress reduction, increased well-being and self-esteem); life skills in sport (e.g. education, personal identity and self-regulation); relationships (e.g. socialization and better peer relations); post-career preparation (e.g. better career planning, shorter post-employment adjustment, identity crisis prevention); professional life regarding access and remuneration. These benefits are in line with several targets of the Europe 2020 strategy - prevention of early school leaving; higher number of degrees in higher education; greater employability.


To support athlete-students in dealing with these challenges and in achieving these benefits, UAARE acts through a network of 16 schools across the country, with dedicated pedagogical teams in each, that provide pedagogical and psycho-pedagogical support for these students' particular needs, including personalised learning plans that improve conditions of equity and social justice, adaptations of curriculum, schedule and frequency regime to the sports demands, justification of absences and special assessment dates, combined with distance support and distance education in a Virtual Learning Environment.


Now in its third year, UAARE's academic results in the school year 2018-2019 had a dropout rate of 1.5% and a global average school performance of 92.67%, above the national average, very high student satisfaction rates and many national and international medals.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Education (higher and lower), training and learning
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Keywords: Dual career, Athlete-Students, Secondary Education, Equity
Short English description: UAARE aims at an effective articulation between schools, parents, sports federations and their agents, sports clubs, sports medical centres and local authorities, among other interested parties, with the goal of successfully reconciling school and sports success of athlete-students with high-performance status, playing in national teams or revealing potential sports talent, following the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on dual careers for athletes, Official Journal of the European Union, 14.6.2013 2013/C 168/04.
Further information
Organisation: Directorate-General of Education
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Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Portugal
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Units of Support for High Performance in Schools (38.70373939009257, -9.166390299797058)
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