Zero Project 2019/20
The ‘One School for All’ model was developed by the Association of Shared Learning, an NGO based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Through a one-year structured support programme, including mentoring and training sessions on school leadership and classroom practices, the model supports schools to evaluate and organize their processes and resources in order to be more inclusive. In the past year it has expanded from supporting 12 schools in Bulgaria to a further 9 schools in 3 other countries through EU funding.
The One School For All programme supports school teams to lead and initiate changes at all levels – culture, policies, practices – to make their schools inclusive.
The structured two-year programme starts with a self-assessment by the whole school team against key indicators in four main areas (school leadership, classroom practices, partnership with parents, and child safety). Using this assessment, the school selects priorities and objectives and sets indicators of success. The school then develops an inclusion action plan, with assigned roles and deadlines. The next step is implementation of the plan and monitoring of its progress. Finally, the plan is reviewed and updated.
The programme provides mentorship and training for the school leadership team and teachers to support them in this process.
Evaluation of the programme shows an improvement in teachers’ understanding the concept of Inclusive Education (+34 per cent) and their specific responsibility (+32 per cent).
Teachers are more confident in communicating with parents (+14 per cent), and students are more accepting of diversity (+26).
Since 2014, 376 teachers have participated in the programme.
The practice has grown in Bulgaria from five schools in 2014/15 to 12 schools in 2018/19. From 2019, the programme is being scaled up to nine schools in Greece, Portugal, and Romania through an Erasmus+ funded project. Through this project, a ‘train the trainer’ approach has been developed,as well as a free Inclusive Education e-learning course in English.