How can you, as a professional or policy maker, advance equal opportunities at school? What are the success factors and what are the obstacles to combat social inequalities? And which inspiring examples exist in other European countries?
On September 27th 2017 a special report of the Belgian Court of Auditors was published: “Equal Chances in Primary Education”. It states that over a five-year period equal chances of disadvantaged children in education have hardly improved, even worsened, compared to those of advantaged children.
An interesting finding of the report however is that some schools with many disadvantaged pupils may be more succesful than others in combating inequalities. The report identified as "success recipe" for their success the combination of three factors:
The report concludes: schools with many disadvantaged pupils who have successfully implemented the above three factors are more successful than schools with many disadvantaged pupils who have not. The conference presented the European Commission’s policy view and the view of GO! on this topic, while looking at a number of cases of good practice from other European countries.
09:00 Registration and coffee
09:10 Welcoming speech and status quaestionis by Jan Fransen, policy coordinator for equal chances in education, GO! Community Education
09:20 GO! keynote by Marjolein Petit, GO! POC Permanent Support Unit for pupil guidance centres (CLB's)
10:00 European keynote: 'Investing in Children - Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage' by Julius Op de Beke, policy officer in the Unit Disability and Inclusion at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
11:05 Coffee break
11:20 Case study from Naples by Sara Ferraioli, Maestri di Strada,
11:50 From tokenism to engagement – parents’ role in 21st century schools by Eszter Salamon, President of the European Parents' Association
12:20 Panel discussion moderated by Jens Vermeersch, internationalisation officer, GO!
12:55 Closing remarks by Karen Vandersickel, liaison officer, vleva
13:00 Light lunch
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