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 Monday 4 December 2017, from 9 am to 1 pm, GO! and vleva will examine success factors for equal chances at school.
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 will present 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
09:30 Welcoming speech by GO! Community Education
09:40 European keynote: Investing in Children - Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage, Julius Op de Beke, policy officer in the Unit Disability and Inclusion at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
10:15 GO! keynote
10:45 Excerpt from documentary on disadvantage (tbc)
11:00 Coffee break
11:20 Sara Ferraioli, Maestri di Strada, case study from Naples
11:55 Case study from the Netherlands or Germany
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
Policy makers in the field of education and equal chances, school leaders, associations of school leaders, advisory teachers, trainers,… The session will deal both with primary and secondary education.
Please join us to learn more about a successful equality policy at school. Participation is free of charge and the working language is English. Register now by filling out the form below.