Legislative Definitions around Learners’ Needs – Policy Brief

The Legislative Definitions around Learners Vulnerable to Exclusion activity focused on collecting and analysing information on legal definitions and descriptions used in Agency member countries. There was a particular focus on legislative definitions and descriptions around a broad vision of inclusive education for all learners.

Specifically, the activity examined how Agency member countries legally define and describe learners’ needs in terms of considering them as groups of learners with special needs or learners vulnerable to exclusion. It considered how anti-discrimination legislation and legislation for inclusive education define and/or describe learners’ needs, and explored the concept of intersectionality.

This policy brief sets out the findings from the full report, Legislative Definitions around Learners’ Needs: A snapshot of European country approaches. It concludes with key messages from the activity in relation to legislative definitions or descriptions in policy around learners’ needs across European countries.

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children’s/learners’ rights
compulsory education
country policy review
early school leaving
multicultural diversity
organisation of provision
policy analysis
policy development
social inclusion
universal design for learning

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