A new Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP) for 2021–2027 was approved at the Agency’s latest bi-annual meeting of country representatives.
Aligned with the Agency’s position on inclusive education systems, the MAWP presents the Agency’s long-term priorities over the next seven years. It describes new and on-going activities that will be implemented to meet Agency member countries’ needs while directly supporting European Union level policy goals and initiatives.
As well as approving the MAWP, Agency country representatives approved the annual Work Programme and budgets for 2022 during the bi-annual meeting. They received updates on several on-going Agency projects, including the launch of the latest Agency statistical data and the Changing Role of Specialist Provision (CROSP) project. There was a final presentation from the Supporting Inclusive School Leadership (SISL) project, which published its final output, a Self-Reflection Tool for school leaders, last week. Agency staff also provided updates on two activities that have recently been launched:
- Voices into Action, which will explore how to include the voices of learners and their families in decision-making;
- Building Resilience through Inclusive Education Systems, which is informed by the findings of the Agency’s literature review on the impact of COVID-19 on inclusive education in Europe.
Finally, participants had the opportunity to take part in one of four online experience exchange sessions:
- Involving learners/families in decision-making
- The impact of COVID-19 on inclusive education
- Digital education and blended learning – accessibility, challenges, opportunities
- Supporting mainstream schools.
In the sessions, representatives from different countries discussed the challenges, opportunities and solutions that they experience in their countries.
The next bi-annual meeting is planned to take place in Greece in spring 2022, if the on‑going COVID-19 pandemic allows.