Report of the WP4: Inclusive Culture

The fourth work package continues the work on the preparation of the tool „Roadmap for inclusion for VET leasing environments“. The WP focuses on the dimension of inclusive culture.

The WP4 included the following activities:

Activity 4.1 - Inclusive culture Indicator List

The goal of the first activity within this work package was to draft the preliminary set of indicators for assessing inclusive culture. In January 2012 Helena Vadurova (HV) and Karel Pancocha (KP) did a literature survey concerning inclusive culture (relevant books, journal articles, researches). The aim of the survey was to define inclusive culture at VET colleges, have an overview of tools used by other authors, apart from the Index of Inclusion, and create a list of key concepts. Along with that they studied the Index of Inclusion, namely the dimension Inclusive Culture.

The preliminary set of indicators was prepared in January/February 2012. It was based on the structure proposed by Booth and Ainscow (2002), HV and KP took into consideration also Hall´s three dimensional model of inclusive culture (Kugelmass, 2006) which was introduced to the partners at the 2nd workshop in Brno. When preparing the list of indicators, they highlighted specific aspects of VET colleges (not present at primary schools), i.e. the age of students and weakening role of family, the role of cooperating companies.

The preliminary set of indicators was posted to the NING web pages prior to the workshop in Brno.

Allocated working days for the activity 4.1:

Masaryk Uni 10WD lecturer and 1WD manager

Activity 4.2 – 2nd Workshop in Brno

The 2nd workshop was held in Brno on 13-14 February 2012. 18 project members from all universities and colleges participated at the workshop, including 2 members of the Finnish extended steering group.

On the 13th February the workshop took place at the VET college F.D. Roosevelta pro telesne postizene. Due to the fact that a number of new members joined the project group, Maija Hirvonen briefly introduced official web pages of the project as well as internal web pages at NING. We discussed necessary amendments to the pages (updating and supplying information on participating institutions, partners, photos to be added, possible use of the NING pages, etc.). Afterwards, Sheena Bell and Andrew Smith introduced the Valorisation plan and possible ways of dissemination were discussed in groups. Kaija Peuna led the part informing on the results of the piloting of the Inclusive Policy Indicator List. We discussed the experience and issues arising during the piloting and translating.

In the afternoon Petr Konvalinka and Iva Vondrova from the VET college prepared a tour around the school facilities. Finally the concept of culture used as basis for preparation of the Inclusive Culture Indicator List was introduced by Karel Pancocha.

On the 14th February the workshop took place at the Hotel Austerlitz where majority of the participants stayed. The programme focused on the Inclusive Culture Indicator List. Helena Vadurova briefly presented inclusive culture model by Hall mentioned above and also key terms/concepts of inclusive culture that were incorporated in the preliminary set of indicators. Consequently the participants split into groups and discussed parts of the indicator list. Members of the VET colleges discussed possible ways of communication and cooperation between workshops which they perceived to be of great importance.

Main issues discussed in connection to the preliminary version of indicator list are the following: the indicator list has to be country specific, some countries focus primarily on the work life, teachers are more professionals, less teaches. Therefore, the road map has to stress the vocational field, the role of employers, etc. Furthermore, the issue of accessing the atmosphere of trust was raised and discussed mainly in connection to the student´s version of the tool.

The final design of the Road Map was discussed as well. The work on the indicator list was not quite finished and, therefore, each partner institution was to discuss the preliminary set of indicators and send feedback to HV at the beginning of March 2012.

                      In the afternoon the participants moved to the Faculty of Education Masaryk University to visit the Institute for Research of Inclusive Education.


Allocated working days for the activity 4.2:

JAMK 5WD lecturer
Tartu Uni 4WD
Northampton Uni 4WD
Masaryk 10WD lecturer, 5WD admin, 2WD manager, 3WD technician

Kokkola VET College 4WD


VET Roosevelta 8WD

Tartu VET 4WD


Activity 4.3 – Piloting of the Inclusive Culture Indicator List

                      The aim of this activity was to translate the Inclusive Culture Indicator List to national languages and pilot it at partner VET colleges. All partners sent their comments to the preliminary version to Helena Vadurova by 3rd March 2012. Consequently, based on the feedback, HV and KP in cooperation with VET college prepared the English version for piloting.

                      The piloting took place in April and May 2012 in all partner countries. Report from piloting and modifications to the indicator list were sent to HV by all participant countries by the end of May 2012. The final version of the Inclusive Culture Indicator List was created by HV and KP at the beginning of June and posted to the NING web page.

Allocated working days for the activity 4.3:

JAMK 4WD lecturer and 2 WDadmin
Tartu Uni 4WD lecturer and 2WD admin

Northampton Uni 4WD lecturer and 2WD admin

Masaryk Uni 4WD lecturer and 2WD admin

Kokkola VET College 2WD lecturer

OCVC 2WDlecturer
VET Roosevelta 2WD lecturer

Tartu VET 2WD lecturer


Activity 4.4 – Evaluation of the WP4

The WP4 report was written and sent to partners for feedback and comments in June 2012. Afterwards, it was saved to the NING web pages.


Allocated working days for the activity 4.3:

Masaryk Uni 3WD lecturer and 2WD admin



Brno, 15 June 2012                                                                                                                         Helena Vadurova

                                                                                                                                                                              Masaryk University