On 2nd-3rd May project partners of the BEYOND project gathered in Tampere, Finland to discuss the next steps in the development of their research on the potential role of support services in realising inclusive education and their training course that will empower support services to facilitate the transition towards fully inclusive.
The three-year Erasmus+ project will support special schools and support services in the field of education via:
- A 5- day training course for service providers and special schools on how they can help to facilitate the transition towards fully inclusive education systems.
- A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will available in English, French, Finnish, Dutch, German German and Portuguese.
- 28 country factsheets on support services in education in each EU Member State.
- One study on the role of service providers in the transition towards inclusive education.
- A report on developing methodologies for an effective transition to inclusive education.
Bringing together project partners, The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Kehitysvammaisten Palvelusäätiön (KVPS), Centre de la Gabrielle, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen, Chance B, C.E.C.D Mira Sintra and University College Leuven-Limburg (UCLL), the meeting in Finland provided a second opportunity of the consortium to met face to face since the start of the project in September 2017.
The meeting focused on the development of the projects 5-day training course. Developed co-productively with the key stakeholders in the field of education the course will cover a range of topics including:
- Concepts of inclusive education and the UN CRPD
- Universal Design for Learning Methodology
- Strategic planning and change management
- Roles of support services in the transition
- Practical models of transition
Over the coming months the consortium will continue to work on the development of their training as well as begin their survey of stakeholders and support services that will form the basis of their two studies, one on the role of service providers in the transition towards inclusive education and the developing methodologies to support this transition.
The consortium will come together again in November in Paris, which will be the first opportunity for them to test their training during a week-long meeting in which they will invite external stakeholders to provide their feedback on the course.