Inclusive strategies in education and training

Author/Cbuilder

Ulla Alexandra Mattl
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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description

Title

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Inclusive strategies in education and training

Description

Description

In line with legal frameworks, the European Commission is regularly publishing communications giving political directions for the years to come such as the 2012 “Rethinking Education” and the 2013 “Opening up Education” Communications – what is referred to as soft law. These documents mention the need to put emphasis on access and equity as well as Europe 2020 flagship initiatives “Youth on the Move” and the “Agenda for New Skills and New Jobs”. Some sectoral policy initiatives also contribute to tackle the crucial challenge of inclusive education. However there is not a Communication or Flagship initiative providing a clear and comprehensive overview of the EU strategy on these issues.
Finally, the EU funds many good practices including those addressing inequalities through the new Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020. Equity and inclusion are indeed one the main features of Erasmus+ and have also been earmarked (20% of the budget) in the European Social Fund 2014-2020, another key lever of action for education and training that are one of its thematic objectives for the seven years to come.

The programme general objectives are meant to be more tightly linked to EU2020 and ET2020 priorities as well as the renewed Framework for EU cooperation in the youth field. Important features should be emphasised in the current programming period such as the recognition and validation of skills and qualifications, the international dimension, multilingualism and equity and inclusion. Indeed, Erasmus+ aims at facilitating the access to learning mobility to disadvantaged learners (disability, poor socio-economic background, migrants, remote areas inhabitants, etc.).
A series of European initiatives in recent years have provided strong stimulus, comparison and policy guidance to help Member States strengthen equity in their education systems in a way that would ensure both quality and fairness. These include:

•    The Council Recommendation on Roma integration measures
•    The Council Conclusions on the social dimension of higher education
•    The Communication on National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020
•    The Communication on early childhood education and care
•    The Council Recommendation on reducing early school leaving
•    The Council Conclusions on the social dimension of education and training
•    The Working Document on education and mobility/migration
•    The Communication on Efficiency and Equity in European Education Systems

As part of its commitment to promoting evidence-based policy-making in education, the European Commission issues independent reviews of research on equity-related issues, principally through the Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training. These summarise existing knowledge on specific topics, provide independent policy guidance and set out the supporting evidence.

In addition, the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education provides analysis, evidence and information about the reality of inclusive education across Europe, recommendations for policy and practice as well as tools to evaluate and monitor progress.

In ADAM 2980 projects can be found when entering the search term inclusion in education, 2721 for the search term inclusive education.

Keywords / TAGS
inclusive education, inclusive training, equity,

Coordinator contact details

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ulla-alexandra.mattl@eucis-lll.eu

Coordinator Country

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Coordinator Region (NUTS code)

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Partners

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Theme

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  • Access for disadvantaged
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Intercultural learning
  • Recognition, transparency, certification
  • Social dialogue

Target Groups

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  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Careers officers
  • Head teachers/principals/managers
  • Non teaching administrative staff

Type

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  • Best practice
  • Methods for Training of Teachers/Staff
  • European Qualification Framework
  • Inclusion of all in Lifelong Learning

Sector

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  • Education

Educational sector

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  • Pre-primary
  • Primary
  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • Special education for disabled persons
  • Adult Education Provider
  • Second change or remedial education
  • Higher education
  • Organizations working migrants/minorities
  • Centres for guidance, counselling or accreditation
  • Other sectors of adult education

Year

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2015
additional info if needed

Language

Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
eng
Languages you will look for

Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

Title
    OED (EAEA)
Hyperlink
    http://www.eaea.org/en/projects/eaea-coordinated-projects/oed.html
Comments/Description
    This network brought together 16 organisations from 14 countries. The aim was to tackle the need for outreach to marginalised groups, especially migrants and ethnic minorities, for the development of more diversity in adult education, and especially the inclusion of learners´ voices, and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens.

2. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Mapability (ESN)
Hyperlink
    http://www.esn.org/content/mapability
Comments/Description
    The project aimed at mapping the accessibility of European HEIs to students with disabilities and special needs. The main aim activity planned for the project was a European Conference to evaluate the process of integration of students with special needs and to enhance their inclusion to the local community.

3. LLP project or related resource

Title
     EquNet – Enhancing Equitable Access to Higher Education (EDEN, EURASHE, MENON, ESU)
Hyperlink
    http://www.eurashe.eu/projects/equnet/
Comments/Description
    The project had the aim to increase access to European Higher Education for all groups, particularly marginalised or non-traditional educated groups (migrants, continuing learners, adult learners, ‘post-professionals’ i.e. those at the end of the Lifelong Learning curve).

4. LLP project or related resource

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Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

Useful ideas

Stakeholders

Partnerships

Other

Solutions

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External

Educational Sector

Non educational

Equipment

Systems for quality monitoring

Systems to document taken actions

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

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