The 2017 Conference was focused on the topic of schools and their role in improving education. The main purpose of the Conference was to discuss different measures that directly impact schools and ECEC services, the evidence that both networks have gathered on the issues and to debate possible policies and orientations that can lead to the empowerment of schools and ECEC services to better meet the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s society.
The Conference alternated between the formats of plenary sessions and parallel group discussions to enable dialogue and sufficient opportunities for the audience to actively participate. Both networks presented the key messages they have gathered and analysed from the pertinent literature in recent years. The importance of ECEC and of measures to integrate immigrants and refugees as well as other disadvantaged groups will be central topics of this year’s conference.
The European Commission – DG Education and Culture, the Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II) and the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) held an annual conference titled Socially inclusive education: better connecting research to policy and practice in Brussels, on November 23, 2016.
It was a major event facilitating broader dialogue between policy makers at the EU and national levels and researchers. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss the evidence on effective policies and practices gathered by NESET II and EENEE as well as the implications to policy makers, researchers, practitioners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders at the local, national and international levels.
The Conference alternated between the formats of plenary sessions and parallel group discussions in order to create dialogue and opportunities for the audience to actively participate. It covered topics of early childhood education and care; tackling discrimination, segregation, bullying and violence; integration of migrants and refugees; inclusion of learners with special educational needs, education staff quality and equity; the final plenary session was dedicated to identify and discuss new areas for evidence and research.
The following Conference materials are available: