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Blended learning, a proposal for inclusion

The Commission has published a Proposal for a Council Recommendation and staff working document on blended learning for high quality and inclusive primary and secondary education.

On the 5th of August 2021 the Commission published a Proposal for a Council Recommendation and staff working document on blended learning for high quality and inclusive primary and secondary education.

Blended learning in formal education happens when a school, educator or learner takes more than one approach to the learning process by blending school site and distance learning environment and digital (including online) and non-digital learning tools to empower pupils to become strong, independent and collaborative learners.

Education is a fundamental right and a right of the child. The proposal stresses that access to it must be guaranteed independent of personal and social circumstances where learning takes place- at school or at a distance. A blended learning approach is an opportunity to improve the quality, relevance and inclusiveness of education and training. Examples of this are better learning provision in rural and remote areas and for other learners who may not attend the school site full time.

The proposal includes shorter term measures to address the most pressing gaps observed so far and looks forward to help build more resilient education and training to improve competence development of all learners.

This proposed recommendation aims at using the experience from the COVID-related distance learning to make the education system more inclusive and person-centred. It promotes an approach to teaching based on the different student needs. This includes individualised support, personal tutoring and mentoring systems for pupils with special educational needs.

EASPD has published a briefing for its members, with a summary of the document’s aims and relevant points for the organisation. The recommendation does not have direct budget implications and is not binding for Member States. However it can be used to push for national investment and policy planning in these areas, or to back requests for enhanced access of children with disabilities to education and individualised support. The proposal will enter into force after its adoption by the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council whose next meeting is scheduled for November 2021.

On the 5th of August 2021 the Commission published a Proposal for a Council Recommendation and staff working document on blended learning for high quality and inclusive primary and secondary education.

Blended learning in formal education happens when a school, educator or learner takes more than one approach to the learning process by blending school site and distance learning environment and digital (including online) and non-digital learning tools to empower pupils to become strong, independent and collaborative learners.

Education is a fundamental right and a right of the child. The proposal stresses that access to it must be guaranteed independent of personal and social circumstances where learning takes place- at school or at a distance. A blended learning approach is an opportunity to improve the quality, relevance and inclusiveness of education and training. Examples of this are better learning provision in rural and remote areas and for other learners who may not attend the school site full time.

The proposal includes shorter term measures to address the most pressing gaps observed so far and looks forward to help build more resilient education and training to improve competence development of all learners.

This proposed recommendation aims at using the experience from the COVID-related distance learning to make the education system more inclusive and person-centred. It promotes an approach to teaching based on the different student needs. This includes individualised support, personal tutoring and mentoring systems for pupils with special educational needs.

EASPD has published a briefing for its members, with a summary of the document’s aims and relevant points for the organisation. The recommendation does not have direct budget implications and is not binding for Member States. However it can be used to push for national investment and policy planning in these areas, or to back requests for enhanced access of children with disabilities to education and individualised support. The proposal will enter into force after its adoption by the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council whose next meeting is scheduled for November 2021.