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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Conferences | Management Committee Meeting

The Independent Sector & Diversity in Education: Creating a Learning Society

Warsaw, Poland | 17 18 November 2011

Supported by the EU with a grant from the Lifelong Learning Programme: Jean Monnet

During the conference we will explore an overview of the different tracks in the policy and the public and academic debate about diversity in education. Different approaches on national, European and also at school level. Together with researchers we will reflect on diversity in education from different concepts and from a variety of daily practices in schools. We will organize a fora of discussion about these two sites of diversity in education: The freedom of education and the freedom of parental choice on the one hand and the social responsibility of schools on the other hand.


We were challenged by the input, collected during the seminar held in The Hague last 29th and 30th of September, to build the conference’s program. The outcome of this seminar is available on the ECNAIS website. We hope that the conference will lead to a patchwork (in the sense of samples of different practices) about diversity in education and the richness of independent sector approaches to diversity, rather than a uniform set of conclusions. We also aim to formulate during the conference new research questions relevant for diversity in daily school life of the independent schools.


Thursday 17th of November 2011
09.00 – 09.45 Opening of the Conference

  • welcome by the Polish member association KFON
  • welcome by the Polish educational authority
  • welcome by Simon Steen, chairman of ECNAIS

Diversity in Education gives space for otherness: Creating a learning society

09.45 – 11.00 Jón Torfi Jónasson – University of Iceland
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee-break
11.30 – 12.45 Peter Boren – Linnaeus University (Sweden)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
PROGRAM A : for teachers and headmasters PROGRAM B : for associations’ representatives within ECNAIS
14.30 – 17.30 Space for professional teachers & schools to be & to grow as masters in learning and teaching.Speaker : Inge Nuijten
Institute of Servant-leadership Performance psychology and Talent development (ISPT)
(The Netherlands)Debate
14.30 – 17.30 Space for diversity within the legal framework on freedom of education.Speaker : Jan de Groof
College of Europe – Bruges (Belgium)Debate
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee-break 16.00 – 16.30 Coffee-break
16.30 – 17.30 Participants’ reflexions 16.30 – 17.30 Participants’ reflexions
19.30 – 21.00 Dinner at the hotel
Friday 18th of November 2011
PROGRAM A : for teachers and headmasters PROGRAM B : for associations’ representatives within ECNAIS
09.00 – 12.30 Space that fits the needs and talents of every different child (in relation, organization, didactics and curriculum).Speaker : Piotr Laskowski
Wielokuturowe Liceum Humanistyczne (Poland)Debate
09.00 – 12.30 Space for market mechanisms in education: competitions, efficiency and effectiveness. Value for money.Speaker : Alexander Homem Cristo
Instituto Ciências Sociais (Portugal)Debate
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee-break 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee-break
11.30 – 12.30 Participants’ reflexions 11.30 – 12.30 Participants’ reflexions
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Reinventing our education: learning from extremesChris Sigaloff – Knowledgeland (The Netherlands)
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee-break
16.30 – 17.00 Participants’ reflexions
17.00 – 17.30 Closure of the conference
19.30 Dinner in restaurant Polka

NOTE to Members of the Management Committee

Management Committee meeting is held on Saturday, the 19th of November 2011, between 09.00 and 12.30. You will receive the agenda later.


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