The selection of schools in the five countries of implementation (with the exception of the United Kingdom) was done in consultation with Ministries in charge of Education in each country, various institutions within each educational system, as well as with civil society organisations and individuals. Thus, a baseline survey was conducted in each country in up to 12 schools, out of which the best candidates were selected by the European Commission and Council of Europe through joint agreement and based on a set of pre-defined desirable criteria, among which, one of the most prevalent has been a 20-50% Roma pupils' population in the schools.
Support Schools are schools which have proven experience in inclusive education policies and practices; they mentor other schools within each country and set the example. However, like pilot schools, they engage within the cycle of the "Index for Inclusion" (reference) and continue their work at continuously improving the schooling environment for all children, including Roma children.
Pilot Schools are schools that have little or no experience in inclusive education policies and practices, but which have the will to adopt and commit to them; guided by the INSCHOOL Facilitators and Educational Advisors, they enter the cycle of the "Index for Inclusion" and develop an Inclusive School Development Plan based on which INSCHOOL provides financial support. Their aim in the first year of implementation is to adopt and outcome-oriented approach and improve considerably the schooling environment for all children, including Roma children.