The goal of this study is to reassess the situation of special education in the Member States compared with the findings as described in the European Agency report of 1998, but now covering all the European Agency member countries.
This report mainly focuses on qualitative trends in inclusion across Europe. The study is oriented towards trends and developments in the provision for pupils with special needs in the European countries. Though some quantitative data is presented (number of special needs pupils, for example) the emphasis lies on the qualitative side.
The study is not focused on describing or evaluating the quality of educational provision, but it does reveal common problems, developments, trends and central issues across the participating countries.
As well as a presentation of the study methodology, country descriptions are given followed by a general overview of the different topics that form the basis of this study.