Promoting diversity and inclusion in schools in Europe

Addressing discrimination and disadvantage in schools requires a focus on more equitable and inclusive education that considers the specific, multifaceted needs of each learner.

  • The importance of valuing diversity and the inclusion of all learners in education and training is widely recognised in key EU policy documents, including the EU equality strategies linked to the grounds of discrimination listed in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, much evidence shows that there are persistent differences in equity of educational access, experience and outcomes when looking at students with different personal and social characteristics, related to their sex, gender, ethnicity, migration background, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.