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Breaking the cycle of disadvantage the role of education in combating poverty, inequality and social exclusion

Presidency discussion paper For Education Council 18-19 November

With this background paper, Ministers are invited to consider the following two questions for discussion:

1. When combating poverty and inequality, cooperation with other sectors is essential. What examples from your country can you provide of specific joined-up policies and measures, in which education and training policy has been linked up to other policy areas (e.g. employment, housing, youth, immigration, social welfare, etc.) with a view to tackling inequalities and social exclusion ? And what has been the impact of such policies?

2. How do the Member States measure and monitor:
a) educational inequality?
b) their progress towards promoting equality and inclusion both in and through education and training?

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