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Mapping the Implementation of Policy for Inclusive Education
Start date: Nov 1, 2010,

Policy makers working in inclusive education suggest they need to know what qualitative and quantitative information to collect and the best methods of doing this in order to map the implementation of policies for inclusive education. They need to have agreed signposts to track progress towards educational inclusion, which is a clear priority for all EU member states.The main project activities focus upon two conferences – one in Belgium (BE) during 2010, one in Hungary (HU), during 2011 – both of which will be political level events held during the respective countries’ hosting of the Presidency of the EU. Both events will be organised in co-operation with representatives of the Ministries of Education in the two countries. The first conference will be an event in line with the Belgium priorities for the Presidency of the EU namely, the promotion of social cohesion.The second conference will link to a current priority for Hungarian education strategy that of unequal access to educational provision and transforming segregated provision into inclusive settings. These events will be used as the main opportunities for information gathering with the target group for the project – that is decision-makers responsible for the implementation of inclusive education policy in the 27 European countries who are members of the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education (EA).In addition, representatives of key European organisations working in the field of policy mapping for mainstream education – Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG-EAC), Eurostat and Eurydice - will be invited to join both conferences to present their priorities and work in this field and contribute to the debates with national level policy makers.Project work before, during, between and after these two events will lead to a set of agreed proposals for future qualitative and quantitative data collection for mapping the implementation of policy for inclusive education.
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