Welcome to the Financing Policies for Inclusive Education Systems project web area!

All European Union (EU) member countries are moving towards greater educational inclusion. Promoting equity in educational opportunities is a clear strategic challenge for the EU member States. Countries’ systems of funding for education play a critical role in implementing the right to education for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds – including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities – and in developing inclusive education systems that promote participation and achievement for all learners. Effective inclusive education requires coherent financing mechanisms that promote flexibility in educational opportunities and support arrangements across sectors to provide meaningful educational experiences.

Policy-makers across Europe recognise that funding mechanisms are a critical lever in reducing disparities in education. They require more detailed information on the impact of funding mechanisms on inclusive education that can be used to guide their policy developments. The Financing Policies for Inclusive Education Systems (FPIES) project is a response to this identified policy need. 

Project framework

FPIES will run over a three-year period from 2016 to 2018. It builds upon the one-year Financing of Inclusive Education project that ran throughout 2015. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Key Action 3 ‘Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects’ framework.

Find more information about the project on the dedicated project area on the European Commission website.

Participants and target group

The FPIES project is based on direct co-operation between eight partners: the Ministries of Education in Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Slovenia, the Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain, and the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education.

Furthermore, ministerial representatives from 29 Agency member countries will identify their specific priorities for detailed examination and provide feedback on final project outputs.

Within the FPIES project, trans-national co-operation is a critical factor in ensuring policy relevant outcomes that have the potential for up-scaling and positive impacts on inclusive education at national and European levels.

As Evaluation Partner, Universitat Ramon Llull will conduct an on-going process evaluation to inform decision-making and implementation of specific project tasks.

More information on the project partners can be found on their respective websites: 


The FPIES project will systematically examine different approaches to educational financing and identify effective funding policy tools that work towards reducing disparities in education.

Project activities and outputs

The FPIES project activities will aim to:

  • Build on existing work to develop, trial and evaluate a coherent methodology for examining financing policy issues, developments and challenges in EU countries;
  • Conduct a detailed analysis of financing policy issues for inclusive education, leading to the development of concrete policy tools that can be used for developing more inclusive funding approaches and financing policies that reduce disparities in education and work towards all learners’ educational and social inclusion and well-being.

The main project output will be a validated open source Policy Guidance Tool on financing policies that aim to reduce disparities in education and work towards all learners’ educational and social inclusion and well-being.

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