ISOTIS: Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society

ISOTIS is a collaborative project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, that includes 17 partners from 11 countries. The project is led by Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

In Greek ʾισότηϛ means equality, evenness, fairness, parity. In alignment with the Greek term, ISOTIS builds on the strengths and potential of culturally and linguistically diverse families, by giving them a voice in how to adapt early education systems and support services. The central goal of the project is to combat inequalities and increase inclusiveness.

ISOTIS aims to contribute to effective policy and practice development at different system levels in order to effectively combat early arising and persisting educational inequalities. ISOTIS will do so by generating evidence-based, contextualized and concrete recommendations and tools for:

  • Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities in using their own social, cultural and linguistic resources to create safe and stimulating home environments for their children;
  • Creating effective and inclusive curricula and pedagogies in early childhood education and care centres and primary schools;
  • Professionalization of staff, centres and schools to improve quality and inclusiveness;
  • Establishing inter-agency coordination of support services to children and families;
  • Developing policies to combat educational inequalities.

ISOTIS aims to approach the interrelated influences on children’s development, by focusing on the multiple environments in which children are embedded.

The project will develop collaborative online tools and apps for parents, classrooms and professionals involved in the lives of culturally and linguistically diverse families. This collaborative work will support European practice and policy to meet the challenges and advantages of an increasingly diverse, inclusive European society.



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Jacqueline Barnes and Edward Melhuish.  “Inter-agency coordination of services for children and families – Initial Literature Review “.

Thomas Moser, Martine Broekhuizen, Paul Leseman and Edward Melhuish (editors) “Theoretical framework A BRIEF INTEGRATION OF LITERATURE REVIEWS BY ISOTIS WORK PACKAGES”.