Report: Alliances for Inclusion – cross-sector policy synergies and inter- professional collaboration in and around schools
Produced for the European Commission by the independent Network of Experts on Social aspects of Education and Training (NESET), this new report offers concrete policy guidance for decision-makers in education and related policy fields.
The shows how effective cross-sector synergies and multi-strand actions against factors that locally create educational disadvantage can be designed and implemented. It reports successful examples from different EU Member States and highlights key success factors.
According to the report schools cannot work alone to tackle educational disadvantage. A combination of factors beyond schools limits educational opportunities and life chances. This means that cross-sector strategies are required to link what schools can do with what other sectors such as employment, health, finance, justice, housing, youth and welfare can offer. The cross-sector approaches do not necessarily demand additional resources but rather suggests that existing resources be used in a different way. By shifting the focus away from dealing with manifest problems towards preventive work and early intervention, such approaches can either save costs or free up existing resources for dealing with a wider range of issues, thus contributing to smart spending at a time resources are scarce.
The report contributes to the implementation of the Commission’s 2013 “Social Investment package” which calls for multi-dimensional action against disadvantage and exclusion.
The full report is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/more-information/doc/neset/report_en.pdf
Executive summary in different languages can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/20130528_en.htm