The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Policy and Practice in the field of Special Needs Education EU Presidency Conference took place in Cyprus, on 12–13 November 2012. The materials presented at the event can be downloaded below.

Monday 12 November

Official opening of the conference

  • Ms Olympia Stylianou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
  • Mr George Michael Zisimos, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Vassiliou, responsible for Education
  • Mr Per Ch. Gunnvall, Chair, European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education (SNE)

Presentation

The aims and objectives of the VET conference

  • Ms Mary Kyriazopoulou, European Agency for Development in SNE
  • Mr Berthold van Leeuwen, Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO), Netherlands

Four working group sessions

European patterns in VET in the field of SNE

Plenary session (VET experts)

Panel: Presentation of the working group results and discussion with invited guests:

Tuesday, 13 November

Keynote presentation

‘Implications of current and future labour market needs on VET programmes for learners with Special Educational Needs’, by Professor Serge Ebersold, INSHEA (France)

Policy debate 

‘Responses’ to the outcomes from a National, European and International perspective by

  • Ms Olympia Stylianou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
  • Mr Angelos Agalianos, European Commission, Directorate for Education and Culture
  • Mr Patrick Daru, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Mr Frédéric Storme, EC Disability Support Group

Five Working groups sessions

In-depth presentation and discussion of the various VET patterns.

Group 1: Inclusive mainstream settings

Group 2: Inclusive mainstream settings

Group 3: Special support units in mainstream settings

Group 4: Special settings

Group 5: Resource centres

Presentation

Conclusions and next steps (PDF, 815 kB)

  • Ms Mary Kyriazopoulou, European Agency for Development in SNE
  • Mr Harald Weber, European Agency for Development in SNE

Official closing of the Conference

  • Ms Olympia Stylianou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
  • Mr Per Ch. Gunnvall, Chair, European Agency for Development in SNE

 

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