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How we carried out the work

This project carried out a widespread and systematic synthesis and review of specific studies of particular forms of educational disadvantage, and of policies designed to address these, using common and agreed criteria, so that a comprehensive view may be achieved of the whole. We used a wide range of materials already available, drawing on governmental and non-governmental sources.

Our study had three phases.

1. A series of country-specific studies in fourteen representative states in the European Union. In each country, we examined a minimum of twenty policies/projects, and analysed them to a common pro-forma. We developed three or four in each country into fuller case studies of good practice that might have particular implications for future policy development. We prepared detailed reports of n the policies and approaches of each country towards identifying educational disadvantage, to developing policies that address these, and to the evaluations that followed.

2. A series of thematic reviews, each of which addresses a particular forms of educational disadvantage across the European context.

3. A European-wide synthesis of policy approaches, that draws together aspects of the country and the thematic reports.

Relationships between reports

We hope that in the process of constructing this report we have contributed to the development of a common language and a descriptive analytic framework for the discussion of policies for educational disadvantage.

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),