Members of the European Parliament, representatives of different Member States and regional Parliaments, European Commission representatives -DG Research, DG Education, DG Employment, among others- policy makers, researchers, teachers, family members, citizens, NGOs, companies and children have participated, today 6th of December 2011, in the INCLUD-ED Final Conference at the European Parliament Headquarters.
A number of 284 attendees had the opportunity to listen how Successful Educational Actions (SEAs) overcome educational and social exclusion, even in the most deprived neighbourhoods in Europe. Rafael Layón, a family member from La Paz school, one of the case studies analysed in INCLUD-ED, explained the enormous improvement experienced in his school after five years of implementation of the SEAs. The school widely reduced early school leaving, improved pupil’s academic results and eradicated conflicts fostering social cohesion in the community. These successful actions do not require additional resources but rather a reorganization of the existing ones in the classroom and in the school. For instance, in Saint Thomas More College Zejtun in Malta, the proportion of pupils who pass the 11+ examination increased from 39% in 1999 to 69% in 2009; in La Paz School in Spain the average achievement in reading passed from 1.4 (over 5) in 2006-2007 up to 3.0 in 2007-2008. In all the cases analysed, when the SEAs were implemented, the pupils’ enrolment increased considerably, without increasing the number of teachers. With same resources, these schools get better results. The story of Layón, his children and their school is an example of the evidences provided by INCLUD-ED that improvements are experienced in any context across EU geography where SEAs are implemented.