The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected learners around the world. School closures forced emergency responses from education systems, resulting in various forms of remote schooling. The crisis highlighted pre-existing inequalities in education and provided a reason for systemic change in education worldwide. The Building Resilience through Inclusive Education Systems (BRIES) project maps how inclusive education systems in Europe are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the lessons learnt, and how to turn the crisis into an opportunity to build resilience.
This report complements the previously published review of 2020 publications, The Impact of COVID-19 on Inclusive Education at the European Level, by analysing 2021 publications to provide insights into current developments in inclusive education in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three key questions are examined:
- What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on inclusive education systems in Europe?
- What lessons can be learnt from this?
- How can these lessons be used for future developments?
Through examination of different aspects of the learning process, the report outlines developments, describes implemented measures, provides examples, and discusses future developments and recommendations for resilient education systems in the face of crises.