Inclusive Transformation: Route to Quality Education in Malta

Ten years after the Agency’s Education for All: Special Needs and Inclusive Education in Malta audit in Malta, the Maltese Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation has announced a re-audit of its inclusive education system.

The Ministry has asked the Agency to carry out the re-audit to identify progress made, highlight key challenges still to be addressed and showcase opportunities for building on existing effective practice.

An official launch event and kick-off meeting took place on 12 and 13 October 2023 in Valetta, Malta.

The launch event brought together representatives from state, independent and church schools, teachers and teaching unions, as well as college principals, members of the Ministry and a newly established Inclusion Group. The launch aimed to create a greater stakeholder ownership of Malta’s continued transformation to quality inclusive education, which is built on consultations and support. The Minister, the Honourable Clifton Grima, invited stakeholders to work together to achieve ambitious inclusion targets.

The Minister, the Permanent Secretary and Agency representatives explained that the re‑audit is a way to close the previous audit work. They clarified the aims of the new audit, considering Malta’s diverse and dynamic society.

During the kick-off meeting, Maltese Ministry representatives presented key information on recent developments in the inclusive education system to the Agency team. This team is made up of policy experts and researchers who will be responsible for implementing the re-audit, in close co-operation with the Ministry. As in the 2014 audit, stakeholders from in and around state, church and independent schools will be involved in the scope of work.

Publication of a final report on findings and recommendations from the re-audit is planned for December 2024.

The full press release (in Maltese) is available on the Ministry website.

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L–R: Amanda Watkins (Assistant Director of the Agency), Clifton Grima (Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation) and Matthew Vella (Permanent Secretary) present at the launch event
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