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


implemented activities


Survey of pilot schools launched

The London School of Economics Enterprise (LSE) is about to start a survey among key authorities and stakeholders about the level of awareness on inclusive education in selected schools in all the beneficiaries in South East Europe. They will also conduct a survey at the end of the project to measure the project's impact.  The survey was launched at a meeting in Belgrade to establish formal relations and learn about the roles of each partner in the project. LSE team presented their survey design and methodology. Representatives of the Network of Education Policy Centres (NEPC) who will cooperate with schools on capacity building activities provided feedback about the specific situation in their communities. Based on this feedback, the partners agreed on ways of improving the research questionnaires as a part of the baseline survey.

The aim is to identify which inclusive educational practices are the best for the project participants and will then share them with school teams. Forty-nine pilot schools (seven per each of the seven beneficiaries) with wide range of diversity will work on increasing capacities of schools and development of inclusive educational practices. This is a specific focus on those who are at a higher risk of marginalisation and exclusion.

The survey will be carried out in February and the next joint meeting with the core LSE and NEPC teams is planned for the second week of February in Strasbourg to discuss further capacity building activities.