Inclusive Schools is a project co-funded by the European Commission, under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 3 ‘Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education, Training and Youth’ call for proposals (call reference: EACEA/10/18). It is led by the British Council (UK) in partnership with six organisations from Belgium, UK, Spain, Greece and Poland. The project activities will last for 24 months and have started on 15 January 2019.
The vision of the Inclusive Schools project is to gradually reshape school culture into an inclusive school ethos by fostering long-term inclusion strategies in schools around Europe and engaging school communities in concrete action plans and collaborations that promote equality and value diversity.
The project aims to embed inclusive education principles in schools management in Europe by favouring the emergence of a community of leaders standing for inclusion, consisting of heads of schools, teachers and students. More specifically key project activities include: developing tools for Screening Diversity and Strategy development, creating educational manuals, training trainers at local and international level, setting up an Inclusive Schools certification scheme and delivering social inclusion workshops in 61 schools in Europe. The project will rely on a thorough quality assurance framework and external evaluation process. It will also include an innovative communication and raising awareness campaign reaching school communities around Europe and a detailed exploitation plan to open dialogue channels between the school community and policy-makers on the issue of Inclusion in Schools.
Inclusive Schools will reach school communities (school leaders, teachers, professors, students, parents, school advisors, school psychologists), policy-makers and public authorities staff (ministries, local authorities), and institutions and organizations of educational focus on a local and European level. Schools everywhere deal with ways to embrace diversity as society itself is becoming more diverse every day; although methodology is relevant for all, for the purposes of the project, pilot implementation will be done in selected participating schools dealing with high percentages of children from marginalised groups. The consortium will select schools based on diverse characteristics: schools with students with a migrant/refugee background, schools with students with Special Education Needs as well as schools with students of low socio- economic background.