Towards Inclusive Educations

Madrid 27 March 2014


Knowledge and Consciousness of an Inclusive Context to Avoid Early School Leaving

HOTEL  NH Parque Avenidas  - c/Biarritz, 2. 28028 - Madrid SPAIN 

9h00 – 18h30 – lunch included


Conference Registration Open


SOS Network Launching Conference

 With the collaboration of


Providers of education and training in most parts of Europe request well-proven methods and approaches to include students with special needs into vocational education and training and onto the labour market. Many different stakeholders have dealt with this issue at national and European level, in different contexts and with different objectives. The main conclusion from all these initiatives is that it will not be possible to find one solution that covers all aspects, and that a diversified and flexible approach seems to be the most relevant to apply.

During the last 2½ years, the SOS Network has strived for identifying interesting case studies and methods that work, and to make them easily accessible for professionals in different learning environments and others interested in the subject. The result is a fully functional website that aims at establishing a one-stop-shop portal for everyone with an interest in this topic. At the conference TOWARDS INCLUSIVE EDUCATIONS, the SOS Network will formally launch the online portal and present the results from the efforts of establishing a pan-European network on social inclusion for students with special needs. Moreover, the SOS Network will award one of five institutions/organisations that has proved innovative and with an empowering approach to social inclusion.

We invite you to take part and to discuss and further explore the possibilities of the SOS Network and the benefits it will have for those engaged in including students with special educational needs into vocational education and training and the labour market. 

SOS-Network – SOS stands for SOcial inclusion of Students with special needs into mainstream vocational education and training and world of work - unifies Europe in its quest for responding to the problems of early school leaving and ensuring a good transition from education to the labour market.  The SOS Network has been funded by the EU through the Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci. The SOS network is for students with special needs and for teachers, trainers, employers, counselors, caretakers… all those meeting them in daily life. The network provides knowledge, proven methods and access to experience from practitioners all over Europe. 14 partners from 12 countries have united to discover and collect what works.

Conference Programme

9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30 – 10.00
  • Welcome by Mariano del Castillo, Director of CECE
  • Welcome by Education Director from Comunidad de Madrid

10.00 – 10.30

Importance of information and professional counseling for avoiding early school leaving

  • Julio Mariano Carballo Fernández  –  Head of Unit Information and Professional counselling, Ministry of Education, Culture & sport Spain  

10.30 – 11.00

SOS Network: Launch of the SOS Network and portal – new opportunities for teachers and trainers

  • Aase Højlund Nielsen, SOS-Network Coordinator – Brussels

This session will be performed as an open dialogue , initiated by a short presentation of the SOS Network, what it is and what is can be used for, and followed by a direct dialogue with the audience.

11.30 – 11.45

SOS Network in Spain – Results and prospects

  • Introduction by Gonzalo Santamaria, Project Manager CECE
  • Carlos Ojea, Centro Formación Profesional Daniel Castelao – Vigo
11.45 -13.30 

SOS Network in Europe – Results and prospects

SOS team members will present interesting results and invite to a dialogue on future perspectives on inclusive education. Each short introduction will be followed by 1-2 questions posed by the SOS team member and addressed to the audience who is invited to reply or present ideas to solutions: ​ 

  • Henrik Dethlefsen/Bo E. Bernes, Green Academy (DK) – Personal goals as a driver for inclusion
  • Giovanni Crisona (IT) – Mobility for Inclusive Education
  • Lorna Lorna Powell (IE) – Interventions with Young Offenders ​
  • Petra Zobel, Vesbe e.V. (DE) – Work Based Learning with an Inclusive Perspective 

13.30 – 15.00

Lunch and networking

15.00 – 16.30 Open Space meeting “Early school leavers – how to proceed in vocational education and training and in relation to the labor market”
This session will be conducted as an Open Space meeting. One of the SOS team members sets the scene, and the audience is invited to present issues to be discussed in smaller groups with SOS team members as moderators.  Wrap-up from the Open Space meeting

SOS Network Awarding Ceremony and presentations of Awarded organizations

  • Specialisterne (DK)
  • Fundatia MOTIVATION (RO)
  • Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico Statale Silvano Fedi - Enrico Fermi (IT)
  • ONCE (ES)
  • Secondary school with vocational classes (PL)
17.30 – 18.00 Closure of the works 


Networking cocktail

Further information:   Selina Martin:   Tel: + 34 91 725 14 75   [email protected] 

The conference will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


HOTEL NH Parque Avenidas
c/Biarritz, 2
28028 Madrid
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