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Welcome to the EPASI website

EPASI in Europe (Charting Educational Policies to Address Social Inequalities in Europe) evaluated educational policies designed to counter disadvantage and inequality in Europe. We analysed policies in fourteen European countries, and report on policies designed to address disadvantage in particular groups. We give an overview of current policy and practice in Europe. We have based our analyses on projects in fourteen European countries: Belgium; the Czech Republic: Cyprus; Denmark; France; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; the Netherlands; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom. The work was carried out between January 2007 and February 2009.

This site allows you to access our reports, findings, analyses and much of our data.

  • Our Overall Report summarises our principal findings and analyses, and suggests actions. This report draws substantially on more detailed analyses and data.
  • In each country we analysed about twenty educational projects, each intended in some way to address the educational needs of a specific group of disadvantaged people. Over 280 Project Study reports are available in a searchable database on this website.
  • Using official reports and academic analyses of these countries' educational policies towards equality and disadvantage, and on our project studies, we report on the overall policy objectives and practice in each country, in a set of fourteen Country Reports.
  • We have also made three or four indicative Case Studies for each country. These are more discursive accounts of particular projects, giving a more general narrative about specific projects.

Both Court Reports and Case Studies can be individually downloaded: they are arranged by country. You can also search for specific terms in both sets of reports.

  • Our series of Thematic Studies examine particular forms of disadvantage that may impact on educational attainment. These draw on data across all fourteen countries. The themes that we identified (which overlap, and where many people may have multiple disadvantages) are socio- economic disadvantage, ethnic minorities, linguistic minorities, gender, religious minorities, indigenous minorities and disability. Each Thematic report can be individually downloaded. You can also search for specific terms in all seven reports.

Other pages on this website tell you more about:

  • our overall objectives,
  • how we carried out the work, and
  • who were members of the EPASI research team.

This web page is part of the EPASI analysis of educational policies that address inequalities in a number of European countries. The analysis is intended to be used within the framework of the EPASI programme. The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This analysis reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be responsible for any use which may be made of the information.

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The Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University (UK) (Coordinator), Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen (Belgium), Univerzita Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), Montpellier III - Université Paul Valéry (France), Panepistimio Patron ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ ΠΑΤΡΩΝ (Greece), Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (Spain), Lärarutbildningen, Malmö högskola (Sweden),