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About the project

Does your school community value inclusivity and diversity? If so, you can play a key role in shaping the education practices of the future through the Inclusive Schools project.

Inclusive Schools supports the creation of an environment in schools where teachers and young people embrace and welcome the challenges and benefits of diversity. Taking an inclusive approach means learning environments are created where every student has an opportunity to succeed.

Inclusive Schools will undertake the following activities, in which schools will play a key role:

  • developing tools for exploring and mapping diversity, as well as strategy development
  • creating practical how-to guidance
  • training trainers at local and international level
  • setting up an Inclusive Schools certification scheme.

Reaching as many schools as possible across Europe is key to the success of Inclusive Schools. The project includes an innovative communications campaign: a plan to open conversation spaces between the school community and policy makers, creating a channel for a two-way discussion around inclusion and diversity.

21st Century Schools: The road to inclusion | 18 November 2020, 16.00–19.00 (Greek time)

The Inclusive Schools partnership (British Council, LLLP, OBESSU, ScotDec, ACPP, EiC, IEP) are delighted to invite you to an inclusive education policy dialogue event.

The event will mark the end of the Erasmus+ funded Inclusive Schools / InScool project, with the aim of showcasing the best practices identified in the course of the two-year project – in terms of both policy making and practice – to a large audience of stakeholders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions worldwide, the event will take place online.

The final event will bring together policy makers and educational practitioners in a three-hour online conference that will consist of a panel of experts, interactions with the audience and break-out sessions with representatives of project stakeholders (teachers, education consultants, school leaders, experts, academics, policy makers etc.). Guests and participants will share their experience in the field, from everyday stories of inclusion in the classroom to good practices for improving school inclusion strategies.

As part of the event, we will aim to engage in meaningful discussion and interactions around the challenges of inclusion and the achievements of educational practitioners, who will communicate key messages to the policy makers attending the event. The outcomes of the discussion will also feed into a set of recommendations intended for policy makers at national and EU level. View the agenda.

Register for the event

Online training | November 2020

We invite you to take part in an online training course for inclusion ambassadors.

The main aim of the training is for participants to learn how to be more inclusive in their educational practices and how to transform their educational environments into more inclusive spaces. The objectives are to:

  • learn about inclusive education and inclusion in education
  • know how to make educational spaces more inclusive
  • develop action plans and future actions.

The course will take place online with four sessions (one per week) and one optional mentoring session, complemented by individual learning in between the sessions.

The training will be delivered via a blended approach of non-formal education methodologies with interventions from experts, aiming to create a solid theoretical foundation to stimulate deep self-reflection and strong action plans.

The training will be conducted in English and we invite people at all levels of English to participate.

Seminars for teachers

Take part in one of the online training sessions for teachers and head teachers that we will be organising for the new school year and find out how you can create a more inclusive school environment.

  • 17 September 2020, 17.00–19.30
  • 24 September 2020, 17.00–19.30
  • 6 October 2020, 17.00–19.30
  • 3 November 2020, 17.00–19.30

For further information and to register, please contact Victoria Kyriaki at Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr.

Erasmus Days

Inclusive Schools is celebrating Erasmus Days online with two educational webinars on inclusion in education:

  • Thursday 15 October 2020, 16.00–17.00 CET: Inclusion in education in the time of Covid-19
  • Friday 16 October 2020, 16.00–17.30 CET: The use of films as a tool for inclusion in the classroom

The webinars will be in English.

Film webinars

Following our successful collaboration with ATHICFF (Athens International Children’s Film Festival) in May 2020 (see ‘Inclusion Week’ below), we are organising two additional webinars on film screenings as an educational tool for inclusion in the classroom.

  • Tuesday 20 October 2020, 17.00–18.30: Webinar for primary school teachers
  • Wednesday 21 October 2020, 17.00–18.30: Webinar for secondary school teachers

Inclusive Schools 2019–20

The Inclusive Schools programme was implemented in schools across Europe during the 2019–20 school year. In Greece, with the approval of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and in collaboration with the Institute of Educational Policy, the programme was delivered in Athens, Thessaloniki and Kalamata.

The programme in numbers:

  • 13 teacher training sessions
  • 20 schools implemented the programme directly and five more remotely with mentoring support
  • more than 3,000 students and 300 teachers participated
  • two focus groups with education stakeholders
  • two national meetings and three international webinars for our inclusion ‘ambassadors’.

Inclusion Week | 18–22 May 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, face-to-face implementation of Inclusion Week was replaced with online activities.

In collaboration with the Athens International Children’s Film Festival, we held:

  • two international webinars with participants from all over Europe
  • one national webinar as a result of increased interest from the Greek public.

We also created accompanying educational material on the use of film screening as a tool for inclusion.

You can watch the recorded webinars on our YouTube channel and below.

Watch the webinars

Who we work with

Inclusive Schools will focus on tackling discrimination based on a young person’s physical attributes, special needs, race, gender and socioeconomic status. We want to promote intercultural education in schools – a model of education that accepts and respects diversity in all areas of life.

We will work with schools to integrate young people from diverse backgrounds into the heart of their community, helping them to develop a strong sense of both self and togetherness with their peers.

The project will be delivered in partnership with six organisations from the UK, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Poland and will last two years. Our project partners are:

We want to involve all of those who play a part in managing schools, including:

  • school communities – school heads, teachers, students, school advisors, school psychologists and parents
  • policy makers and public sector workers – EU institutions, ministries and local authorities
  • institutions and organisations with a focus on education, at both local and European level.

Those interested in taking part will form a community of leaders, tasked with contributing ideas to form inclusion strategies for schools across Europe. We will support these school communities to become advocates for cultural change, confident in addressing discrimination and prepared to uphold self-directed initiatives for inclusion.

Working together with these leaders, the project will create a ripple effect across the school community as a whole and support the creation of an action plan to practically deliver future inclusion strategies in European schools.

Information

For further information, please contact Eirini Kareta:

Telephone 210 369 2342
Email Eirini.Kareta@britishcouncil.gr

Inclusive Schools is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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