Agency position on inclusive education systems – Second edition

This paper presents the update to the Agency’s position on inclusive education systems. It sets out a vision for the essential features of inclusive education systems, originally agreed by Agency member countries in 2015.

A separate Background Information Paper presents the evidence and literature that informed this 2022 update of the Agency position paper. To reflect recent policy developments and also key findings from Agency work and wider research activities, a 2024 update of the Background Information Paper builds on the 2022 version, examining literature published from 2021 onwards. It provides recent information on the legislative and policy context for the position and concludes with key messages for countries in their on-going development work.

This position paper retains the vision for inclusive education systems outlined in the first edition from 2015, that ‘all learners of any age are provided with meaningful, high-quality educational opportunities in their local community, alongside their friends and peers’.

The position presented in the paper is fully in line with European Union and international stated priorities for education.

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children’s/learners’ rights
early childhood education
family involvement
learners' voices
organisation of provision
policy implementation
raising achievement
school leadership
teacher education

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