The conference on Fair and Inclusive Education was held in Trondheim, Norway, 4-5 June 2007 with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. This OECD conference brought together policy makers, scholars and senior educational administrators from 22 OECD and non member countries who deal with equity in education issues to share recent research, discuss emerging policy issues, and consider how schools and education systems can respond to these challenges.
The conference discussed the outcomes of the OECD thematic review on equity in education, including the comparative report No more failures: ten steps to equity in education and examined a proposed set of policy levers focused on fair and inclusive design, practices and resources in education. Discussions focused on key issues for equity in education, such as early childhood interventions, school choice or secondary education structures, measures to reduce dropout rates, financial or strategic policies countries have adopted or may envisage putting in place to enhance equity in their education systems. Conference participants also debated how to raise policy awareness of equity in education issues and how policies for equity in education can be best supported. While the first ten steps have been taken, countries now need to move forward with the next 20 and 30 steps to equity in education.