The closing conference has taken place in the Education Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) ‘Education Trade Unions and Inclusive Schools: Embracing Diversity in Education’ project.
The conference took place on 4–5 October and was an opportunity to explore the project outcomes and key findings since its launch in early 2020. Participants in the conference included teachers and representatives from European organisations such as ETUCE and the European Commission, which co-funded the project. The participants presented the project’s key findings and outcomes, including the Embracing Diversity in Education research report.
Agency representative Annet de Vroey responded to the research report findings in a panel session entitled ‘The challenging patchwork of implementing inclusive education around Europe’. She particularly focused on two aspects of the report’s findings that reflect Agency project work:
- the need for teachers and other school staff to be prepared and supported to manage diversity – connected to the Agency’s Teacher Professional Learning for Inclusion (TPL4I) project;
- the need for inclusive leadership that creates supportive and enabling teaching and learning environments – relating to the Agency’s Supporting Inclusive School Leadership (SISL) project.
Also on the panel were representatives from the OECD and UNESCO, who presented elements from the 2021 Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia edition of the Global Education Monitoring Report on Inclusion and education.