|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
The White Paper on “Teaching and Learning” (Cresson, 1995) promoted second-chance schools to provide training for young people excluded from the traditional school system, using appropriate tools and teaching methods. Universal access to lifelong education and training was the key to employment and integration into society. This research analysed two situations in Southern Europe, in Italy and Greece to understand the success of opportunities given to young people to reach a higher qualification. A questionnaire gathered data to consider social conditions of teaching and learning. The two schools are examples of best practices in different contexts. Cultural and linguistic identities determine the proposal, which was universal in inspiration and specific in application.