STALWARTS - Sustaining Teachers and Learners With the Arts: Relational Health in European Schools


European Commission, Erasmus+ (KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education)


Project No.




24 months

Start date: 15-9-2017
End date 14-9-2019


Project Coordinator

Leslie Bunt, University of West England, United Kingdom



  • University of West England, UK (Coord.)
  • Novalis Trust, United Kingdom
  • Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Randvere kool, Estonia
  • Alma Mater University of Bologna, Italy
  • Istituto Comprensivo Granarolo dell'Emilia, Italy
  • Uni Research AS, Norway
  • Hyssingen Produksjonsskole, Norway
  • CIIE/FPCEUP, Portugal
  • AE2O – Associação para a Educação de Segunda Oportunidade, Portugal


CIIE's Team

Eunice Macedo (Team Leader)
Helena C. Araújo
Amélia Lopes
Henrique Vaz
Pedro D. Ferreira
Sofia Almeida Santos
Alexandra Carvalho (Research Assistant)


Short description

The STALWARTS international project "Sustaining Teachers and Learners with the Arts: Relational Health in European Schools" aims to promote relational health in schools, and organically develops the work of the LINK project – "Learning in a New Key: Engaging Vulnerable Young People in School Education", in which CIIE-FPCEUP was also a partner.

The STALWARTS project is based on UNCRC principles, encouraging teachers and therapists to investigate the sensory and relational aspects of musical and other artistic experiences in pedagogical processes and brain functions, as well as to explore creative activities that support the development of meaningful and positive relationships to which any person is entitled. Music and other arts emerge as facilitators of pedagogical relationships and learning and therefore, the teachers involved in the project may experience collaborative artistic creation in an inter-professional context.

The STALWARTS project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and has partners in five European countries: Estonia, Italy, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Working with a set of schools and universities in partnership in each country, the project takes an interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach. It explores synergies between therapy and education and takes advantage of neurosciences. The group of schools that integrate the team gives priority to inclusive practices. It is hoped that the diversity of educational contexts and European regions represented will enrich the learning experiences and inter-professional development.

The main priority of the STALWARTS project is to further develop, recognize and accredit new practices, knowledge and skills of teaching through the arts, focused on the emotional well-being of teachers and students in each of the represented regions, in order to meet the needs of young people and reduce ELET (Early Childhood Education and Training). The vulnerability of these young people stems from circumstances such as abuse and neglect in the family, abandonment due to the economic migration of the parents and, in extreme cases, experience of war, forced migration and/or trafficking in human beings.