“Inclusive Education – by Default or by Design” is a School Exchange Partnership, funded by the Erasmus+ pogramme of the European Union, KA 229. The partners are 6 general schools from Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey, Portugal, Greece and Spain.

The main goal of the project is to increase through transnational cooperation our capacity with the focus on the improvement of schools’ actions and enhancing our efforts to make general education more inclusive.

We aim to achieve two concrete objectives:

1. To identify the ‘by default’ problems and opportunities addressed to the needs of pupils and staff in the general education.

2. To create and implement ‘by design’ solutions for the provision of inclusive education through exchanging practices and ideas and developing appropriate methods and instruments, skills and capabilities.

Our expected results are:

1. Identification of our pupils’, teachers’, and our schools’ needs through data collection on European level (a Partnership Portfolio with researches, observations and other evidence materials for inclusive education).

2. Reduction of the obstacles our pupils are facing (at least 700 out of 1200 vulnerable pupils are fully inclusive in education and feel happier and self-confident in the end of the project).

3. Equal access of disadvantaged pupils for participation in the project activities is provided and every child’ talent is recognised.

4. Expanding international peer to peer cooperation and new skills’ development (6 transnational trainings -3 short-term joint staff training events and 3 short-term exchanges of pupils).

5. Establishment of an operative and efficient school network at international level (including eTwinning virtual projects).

6. Meet our school staff’s needs of shared knowledge and best inclusive practices. New skills and competences, including English and other foreign language skills and ICT competences, are improved.

7. Inclusive educational technology and knowledge transfer channels on 4 levels: local, regional, national and international are designed.

8. At least 30 good inclusive school practices (5 per every school) are exchanged and a common Practical Guide for inclusive schools is elaborated.

9. Publishing at least 12 (2 per a partner) video lessons via eTwinning, YouTube channel, school websites for raising awareness about inclusive school education.

10. The wider community and decision-makers are made aware of the importance of inclusive education.

11. ETwinning online courses for teachers are developed.

12. Integration of new practices and improvement of the school curricula with significant elements of every-child-oriented education.

Our objectives for the 2 years of the project implementation are based on our core belief that if we create a vibrant partnership for inclusive school education, our project will increase