A self-evaluation tool for school heads, teachers, parents, other school partners and policy makers – inspired by a DCU-led report – has been officially translated by the European Commission into 22 European languages.

The Structural Indicators Tool was developed based on a 2017 report* led by Dr Paul Downes, Director of DCU Educational Disadvantage Centre.

The Tool enables individual school communities to reflect on the inclusiveness of their school, and covers:

· A whole school approach to developing inclusive systems
· Teacher and school leadership quality
· Promotion of system integration of policy and practice
· A multidisciplinary focus on health and welfare
· Promoting parental involvement and family support
· Meeting the needs of particularly vulnerable individuals and groups

Welcoming the news, Dr Downes said “I’m delighted to see this resource now available in 22 languages. It demonstrates an institutional commitment by the European Commission to prioritising the social inclusion agenda.”

The translations have been jointly published on the EU Commission’s School Education Gateway (https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu) and DCU Educational Disadvantage Centre websites (https://www.dcu.ie/edc/structural-indicators-inclusive-systems-europe.shtml).

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