Evaluation ex post
According to an evaluation report (Salmin, 2019. See link below) SIRIUS is recognised as a ‘model of good governance’ for migrant education, with its recommendations for reform cited by major national and international education actors (UNESCO, OECD, UNHCR), such as the UNESCO’ 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report. The evaluation report found that SIRIUS has achieved to secure commitment to migrant and refugee pupils as part of broader agenda on inclusive education by:
- raising awareness on the needs of migrant and refugee pupils for an inclusive education;
- providing through its research and findings evidence-based knowledge;
- influencing the policy debate, development and policy setting at the national and EU levels since SIRIUS’ findings are used by several international organization, national governments and the EC to promote concrete policy change, write papers and recommendations for migrant education.
All deliverables are available at the network site.
There are an extensive number of research reports related to topics such as teaching and learning, multilingualism, new arrivals and multiculturalism. In addition to these reports, SIRIUS Watch is published annually and aims to monitor and support the development and effective implementation of inclusive education policies across the EU, by annually reviewing and gathering new evidence on different aspects of migrant education. In 2018, SIRIUS Watch mapped how synergies between formal and non-formal education sectors can be better explored and how these synergies can be enhanced and mainstreamed in order to improve learning experiences of all children, and migrant children in particular. The data collected and analysed for the 2018 SIRIUS Watch report were based on the in-depth literature review and contributions of SIRIUS national partners, who carried out desk-based research and interviews to respond to the SIRIUS Watch questionnaires in each of the 17 Member States
SIRIUS Watch 2018 and 2019 reports map how synergies between formal and non-formal education sectors can be better explored and how these synergies can be enhanced and mainstreamed in order to improve learning experiences of all children, and migrant children in particular.
Motivation for the submission
SIRIUS as a conduit to direct best practice into major education policy debates made it an ideal project to showcase best practice. Its focus is demonstrating the strengths of mobilising mainstream migration and education activities and building the capacity of migrant and grassroots education initiatives. It has a real potential to mainstream policy development and implementation.