Pilot Inclusive Schools

This component focuses on practical measures needed at school level to enable inclusive education. It aims at helping general education and Vocational Education Training (VET) schools in changing their policies and practices through setting good examples benefitting from the European Union and the region. 

The pilot school component aims to help pilot schools to develop inclusive cultures, policies and practices.

This specific project activity will attempt to increase experience and knowledge about how schools can become more inclusive when we make use of the different views of those involved. It will help increase understanding of inclusion in education in 49 schools and will help those schools to develop inclusive cultures, policies and practices.

In doing so, it will challenge many assumptions about school improvement and educational reform. It is about ‘school improvement with attitude'. Hence, school improvement becomes far more than merely a technical process of raising the capacity of schools to generate particular measurable outcomes. It involves dialogues about ethical principles and how these can be related to curricula, approaches to teaching and learning, and the building of relationships within and beyond schools. 

Network of inclusive schools

The Joint European Union and Council of Europe Project "Regional Support for Inclusive Education", has through an open and transparent process selected 49 schools from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Kosovo* to participate in the project as pilot schools whose inclusive practices will be supported, enriched and later on replicated as successful examples.

A network of inclusive schools in the region (Inclusive SchoolNet) has been established. In order to learn from each other a mixture of schools with different levels of inclusive education policies was selected.

The network consist of 49 schools (7 schools per Beneficiary:3 primary, 2 secondary general and 2 VET schools), each school nominated a team of 5 participants (including school principals, teachers and pedagogues, school board members and/or representative of parents), and thus the network as whole comprises 245 persons

This component will attempt to increase experience and knowledge about how schools can become more inclusive when making use of the different views of those involved. It will help increase understanding of inclusion in education of 49 schools and will help them develop inclusive cultures, policies and practices.

*  "This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence"

A good school is an inclusive school

A special radio show on education called Out of the box on Croatian radio HRT was dedicated to inclusive education in Croatia and in the South Eastern Europe region. The show also covered the Conference Inclusive Education in Practice in Zagreb, 28-29 October 2014.


The project leaflet in the languages of the Beneficiaries can be downloaded by clicking on the following button:

Project leaflet

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An inclusive school is a democratic school: sharing experiences between SEE and Turkey

Fourteen primary school teachers from the South East Europe region will participate in a study visit to Edirne and Konya in Turkey, to learn more about inclusive cultures, policies and practices...

Photo gallery of the 2nd Annual Conference in South East Europe "Inclusive Education in Practice"

Inclusive School Net


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School projects from Korçë, Radoviš and Zagreb presented at Conference: Making Schools Matter for All

Having an integrated approach is a key element in ensuring more inclusive education, and schools and teachers themselves play a pivotal role in this process. To share their experience on this matter and to learn more about what kind of actions can be implemented in their respective schools towards creating a more inclusive environment, three teachers from the 49 pilot schools involved in the Regional Support for Inclusive Education project have participated in the final event of the SIRIUS European Policy Network* in Brussels, on 19-20 November 2014.

During the event, a conference called “Helping Children and Youth from Migrant Background Succeed: Making School Matter for All”, the teachers took part in the session dedicated to the role of schools and teachers in promoting inclusive education.

The teachers coming from South Eastern Europe (SEE) region also had the opportunity to learn more about inclusive policy making and new social inclusion funding programmes as well as about methods on how to put acquired knowledge, policies and commitments into practice. Moreover, the conference helped them gain an understanding into the importance of inclusive education in reducing the number of early school leavers and closing the achievement gap of children and youth from different backgrounds.

* Supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and by the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundation, the SIRIUS European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background is aimed at promoting the development of evidence based policies on high quality inclusive education, on national and on EU level.