The current project was designed with the vision to inspire inclusion practice in schools around Europe. By the term inclusion, we aim to embrace all kinds of diversities and to address every student’s particular needs towards their learning development and access to a safe school environment offering opportunities for everyone. The Inclusive Schools team has worked on a set of tools to facilitate the inclusion process of the school community and give incentives to school staff and students to adopt the methodology and adapt accordingly. These tools are primarily intended to teachers and school leaders to use from the beginning to the end of the school year but it has happened that actively involved students of older age have used them as well.
The Education Pack of Inclusive Schools is authored by Sian Williams, an international expert with over twenty-five years of experience in education and in projects of inclusion-in-education across the world. This toolkit is designed to guide you flexibly, in ways that suit your school, through the start of a journey towards inclusion: improving personal and academic outcomes for all children and young people by focusing on their access to and participation in quality, relevant education. You will find tips; methodology and activities to lead in the classroom or within the school community.
The Inclusion Week tools: a. mini-action plan and b. guidelines are handy one-pagers that can provide you with the framework of how to start and with tips and ideas on how to organise your Inclusion Week. They are already part of the Education Pack but for teachers’ convenience we hereby also present it to you separately. Finally, the Inclusion Week Activities Pack, a useful compilation of suggested activities from the Education Pack to motivate teachers to use during the Inclusion Week. These are not restrictive at all so feel free to plan your own!
The Action Plan Guidelines and Template provide a comprehensive framework of what are the areas your school community needs to focus regarding inclusion, what are the responsibilities of each member of your inclusion team and how you can effectively monitor your work throughout the year reaching the goals you’ve set in the beginning. Guidelines provide explanations about how to start using the Action Plan and what questions to ask in order to analyse needs and the Template presents a table which will be your organiser compass for the school year.
We hope that you find these resources useful and that they will provide a good basis upon which you will start your journey towards the path of inclusion for your school community!