The first draft of the tool for upgrading teacher training programmes with inclusive education practices and principles was presented at a workshop held on 18-20 May in Edinburgh, UK. This special tool is being developed by the Joint EU/CoE Project “Regional Support for Inclusive Education” in cooperation with Zurich University of Teacher Education, the University of Edinburgh, and the European Training Foundation (ETF) and in consultation with teachers and stakeholders from the South East Europe region.
Representatives from the University of Edinburgh, the Zurich University of Teacher Education, ETF and members of the Project team discussed and agreed on the draft tool. In addition, the group exchanged knowledge on how inclusive education can be introduced across research, policy and practice of teacher education.
The goal of the new tool is to guide teacher training stakeholders through the process of improving training programmes for inclusive education by offering practical examples and case studies, along with guidelines, principles, steps and methods to upgrade teacher training for inclusive education. It is also designed to help reduce fragmentation between the various types of teacher training for inclusive education and the different phases of teacher professional development in SEE, from initial teacher education, through in-service training and ending up with mentorship training programmes.