Call for abstracts: UKFIET 2019 Conference

Inclusive Education Systems: futures, fallacies and finance

17 – 19 September 2019, Oxford

Submission Deadline: 18 March 2019

Increasing inequality, protracted conflict, accelerating climate change, financial uncertainty and rapid transformation of labour markets are all exerting considerable pressure on education systems.  And within national systems there is stark evidence of high levels of inefficiency and inequality; many children have limited experience of school, and for many more their experiences are not productive for them or their families. Changes at system level and beyond are critically needed to deliver better learning outcomes for all – children, youth and adults – including the most vulnerable and marginalised.

SDG 4.5 calls for countries to “eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations”.  How can systems be reformed to enable them to provide large scale solutions to providing quality, inclusive education and training for all?

The pressure is on to find new and innovative ways to strengthen and improve education for all.  There are calls for education and training systems to reorient towards delivering the skills required for future work and social life- often termed ‘21st Century Skills’. However, we live in a period of time where the future is increasingly unpredictable, and the careers that many of today’s children will have, do not yet exist. Meanwhile, the vast majority of national education systems have not moved on, and remain bound to measuring quality and learning through rigid, knowledge acquisition-based tests. How might we re-imagine what inclusive education and training systems of the future should look like?

Misconceptions around inclusive education, and the needs of vulnerable groups can lead to resistance to change and misdirection of funding. Fallacies regarding the effectiveness of interventions across contexts, the feasibility of reform and the prospects of achieving multiple goals can lead to ineffective programmes that drain resources. Identifying the common fallacies regarding the development of inclusive education systems, and how these be addressed is critical.

Reforming systems to meet the education and training needs of all requires additional investment and flexibility across the board: early childhood development, formal education, technical and vocational training, higher education and adult education. How can global and national finances be mobilised in effective ways to enable the necessary reforms to take place?

The conference will explore these ideas through a number of themes. For more details visit:

OCIES 2018: Packing list

Wellington is expecting a cold snap next week. It will be cold, wet and very windy! For those traveling from warmer climates, make sure you pack your winter woolies, a good jacket and an umbrella. The weather certainly won’t dampen what will be a great week ahead.  We look forward to seeing you there!


OCIES 2018: Conference Dinner Information

Please join us 6.30pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at Te Wharewaka Function Centre on the Wellington waterfront for pre-dinner canapés and a glass of wine on arrival. This will be followed by a Māori Style Buffet dinner and entertainment.

The Conference Dinner is built into your registration fee, so you need not pay separately for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

OCIES 2018: Airport transport

An airport shuttle bus is available at the airport to take you to your accommodation. Buses are familiar with the location of all lodgings. Depending on your arrival time, it can take around 20 minutes from airport to city. The cost is around $20 – you pay in cash to the driver.

You can either catch a shuttle bus from outside the airport or make an online booking. Here are 2 options:

See you in Wellington!

OCIES 2018: Powhiri (Welcome Ceremony)

OCIES 2018 is just over a week away. A Powhiri (Māori Cultural Welcome) will be held at Te Herenga Waka Marae, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington, on Monday 19th November at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm. Conference participants should gather at 48 Kelburn Parade (by the Overbridge at Kelburn Campus) at 1.40pm for a briefing.

In keeping with Māori protocols, conference participants (as visitors) will sing a waiata (song). Please check the soundbite (of the simple song, Te Aroha) and learn the waiata ahead of the welcome ceremony.