The Inclusive Education Network enjoyed an extremely successful conference and heard many excellent papers. Themes addressed included professional relationships, supporting behaviour, effective classroom practices, perspectives on conflict, inclusion and ideology and encouraging voices. A large number of high quality papers was submitted to this Network and the decision was taken to run parallel sessions, rather than reject many good papers. This seems to have worked well, although inevitably it meant that people missed sessions they would have liked to attend.
For the third year running, the Inclusive Education Network held a joint symposium with the Children and Youth at Risk Networks and this was very well attended. In addition, a well attended and successful joint symposium was held with the new Network on Children’s Rights in Education.
The Network 4 business meeting was well attended and there was general satisfaction with the conference organisation and with the quality of the papers within this network. There was general support for the EC Infrastructure Bid as a means of supporting communication within and across Networks.
It was agreed that there would be more poster sessions within Network 4. This would enable more presentations from individuals from across Europe, by reducing the language barrier.
A fourth Network Convenor was appointed. Dora Bjarnason, from Iceland University of Education, will join Julie Allan, from Stirling, Scotland, Bengt Persson, from the University of Vaxjo, Sweden and Christina Cardona, from the University of Alicante, Spain.