With sharply increasing cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity in Europe’s school populations, there is urgency to shift towards educational practices that embrace the inclusion of all learners.
Learner diversity is now to be viewed as an intrinsic - and positive - characteristic of our schools.
Accordingly, we need to support teachers’ endeavours to establish inclusion as a cornerstone of their practice. Many feel ill-prepared to teach classes that are ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse and where learner backgrounds differ markedly from their own. The challenge is to ensure that ALL students, including those facing educational disadvantage, have optimal chances of realizing their potential as students and future European citizens.