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ECASS Final Conference

Barcelona, December 15th & 16th 2022

Policies and practices against school segregation: what can cities do?

The ECASS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers and activists in Barcelona to share and debate knowledge and experiences on actions being deve- loped at different scales of governance in European cities. The project outputs will be presented together with other re- search findings, policies and civil society initiatives planned to reduce school se- gregation in Europe.

The event will combine keynotes sessions and roundtables with parallel sessions, in which researchers, policy makers and activist are encouraged to present papers and experiences on policies against school segregation.


Programa doble ECASS


Barcelona, December 14th 2022

Three simultaneous itineraries are offered with a capacity for groups of 20 people that allow you to learn about desegre-gation policies, urban strategies and community equipment for social cohesion.
The visit lasts five hours: it starts at 1pm and ends at 6pm, so lunch will be shared while the educational teams present their project.
We will walk around the everyday life spaces of schools, and we will go to other educational institutions or facilities in the area during afterschool hours. Meeting points will be at the starting point of the visit (indicated at each itinerary). Travel is done on foot and participants can join or leave at any of the meeting points in each itinerary.
Please, register here before December the 5th to join to any of the three itineraries.


ECASS members perform different activities to study and tackle school segregation.

School Segregation

New School in Barcelona to Reduce School Segregation
Xavier Bonal (UAB)
This article is about the Anglesola School, and its new building recently inaugurated in Barcelona.
It describes the education policy strategies that have accompanied this school’s creation, which seek the reduction of school segregation.

Confined Schools

Confined SchoolsAina Tarabini & Judith Jacovkis (UAB)
Confined Schools research analyses schools’ strategies during the lock-down as well as the experiences and opinions of teachers during this period, focusing on its impact on education inequalities. It is based on a survey distributed among teachers in Catalonia during the first month of the schools’ lock-down.

School Segregation and COVID19

School Segregation and COVID19Learning and Confinement

Xavier Bonal & Sheila González (UAB)
This research studies how school closure produces unequal learning opportunities in formal, non-formal and informal education for children and youth from different socioeconomic backgrounds and attending to different types of schools. It is based on an online survey distributed among families with children aged 3 to 18 years old carried out between 26 and 30 of March in Catalonia.

La scuola a casa raccontacela tu

comune di milanoThis research aims to understand the experience of distance learning during the period of school closure due to health emergencies. It is based on a survey carried out between June 1st and July 10th by Comune di Milano. The main goal was to obtain development proposals for future programs and policies.


ECASS members publish their research in academic journals, analysing different dimensions of school segregation.

Cavicchia, Rebecca & Cucca, Roberta (B) (2020). (U) Densification and School Segregation: The Case of Oslo. (U) (I) Urban Planning, 5(3). (I)

Bonal, Xavier & González, Sheila (B) (2020). (U) The impact of lockdown on the learning gap: family and school divisions in times of crisis (U). (I)International Review of Education (I), 1-21. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7490481/.

Bonal, Xavier; Zancajo, Adrián & Scandurra, Rosario (B) (2019). (U) Residential segregation and school segregation of foreign students in Barcelona (U) . (I) Urban Studies, 56 (I) (15): 3251-3273. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0042098019863662?journalCode=usja&.

Research for REGI Committee − Social Challenges in Cities 




This was the second multiplier event in Oslo. A total of 19 participants took part in the meeting.

Invitations were sent to relevant actors: teacher organisations, parents’ organisation, researchers in the field, students, organisations working on integration policy and to colleagues in the local administration.

We sent the following agenda to participants in advance:

1.       Information about the ECASS project (see www.ecass.eu )

2.       Demonstration and presentation of the web page and the products from ECASS.

3.     How is Oslo similar/unsimilar to the other cities according to admission to primary schools, segregation and city planning.

4.     How can information and results from ECASS be developed and implemented? 

5.     Discussion, questions and answers. 


ECASS Event BRUSSELS – 10/11/2022

 October 11th 2022. Brussels

What can cities do against school segregation?

Globalization is transforming the urban space in world’s cities. European cities are not an exception and are suffering a deep transformation in the physical and social characteristics of their neighbourhoods and districts. Increasing economic inequalities impact on higher polarization of social groups based on their socioeconomic condition or ethnic origin. School segregation is an undesired outcome of these negative trends. In a context of growing urban fragmentation and increasing presence of vulnerable and migrant children in schools, some educational policies have favoured the social segmentation of schools in many European cities.

The multiplier event in Brussels took place on the 11th of October 2022 in the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the EU. Participants from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, regional and local government representatives, academics and researchers participated in this interesting event. The seminar was an excellent occasion to disseminate the outcomes of the ECASS Project. Members of ECASS presented first the main results of the project: a catalogue of indicators, training materials for policymakers, innovative policies developed by the three cities involved in the project, challenges and responses developed by schools and local governments associated to de Covid-19 crisis, and new information devices for reducing school segregation in school choice processes. The second part of the seminar was an opportunity for sharing with participants their institutional experiences in the field oof school segregation. The discussion focused particularly on the interlink between education policies and social and urban policies to build ambitious and long-term strategies for an inclusive education.

Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union
Rue de la Loi, 227 Wetstraat
1040 Brussels

Some pictures from the Ecass Event



The multiplier event in Barcelona took place on the 9th March 2022. Fortunately, we could meet in person and work together with 70 people from diferent organizations from the Government and the third sector. The researchers of the GEPS and Consorci d’Educació informed the stalkeholders about the ECASS project, the impact of the recent policy in Barcelona “Pla de Xoc” and the next challenges we are facing regarding school segregation. After that, we could work in groups about the challenges and put together the main ideas of the workshops.
All the presentations and the reports about the workshops are available here in catalan.



The Multiplier Event in Milan took place on the 4th March 2021 on the zoom platform, gathering several actors from the city, and working on education from different perspectives.

The arena of participants has counted school managers from both public and private sectors, municipality officers, representatives of the third sector operating especially against educational poverty, academicians and institutional actors. The ME was structured in two blocks. The first one was devoted to the presentation of the ECASS project and of a survey conducted by the Polytechnic of Milan on educational inequalities during the pandemic crisis.
This presentation opened the second part: a round table between the participants, which provided feedback and suggestions to tackle school segregation and educational inequalities in Milan. The exchange between different approaches and knowledge has been particularly fruitful in stimulating a proactive discussion on what should be done and what are the main criticalities to be addressed.

L’ evento Multiplier della città di Milano, che ha avuto luogo il 4 Marzo 2021 sulla piattaforma zoom, ha visto il coinvolgimento di diversi attori che si occupano a vario titolo di educazione.
Hanno partecipato infatti dirigenti scolastici sia del settore pubblico che privato, dirigenti e funzionari del Comune di Milano, rappresentanti del terzo settore e attori istituzionali impegnati nel contrasto della povertà educativa. Il Multiplier Event si è sviluppato in due tempi. La prima sessione ha visto la presentazione del progetto ECASS e dei risultati di una survey condotta dal Politecnico di Milano sulle disuguaglianze educative durante la crisi pandemica. Quest’ ultima presentazione ha dato avvio alla seconda sessione: una tavola rotonda tra i partecipanti invitati, che hanno esposto i loro suggerimenti per far fronte alla segregazione scolastica e alle disuguaglianze educative nella città di Milano. Lo scambio tra diverse prospettive e approcci è risultato in una discussione stimolante sulle azioni da implementare e sulle principali criticità da affrontare.

Access the recording of the Multiplier Event 



The multiplier event in Oslo took place on the 26th November 2020. Due to the strict Covid-19 restriction, the meeting was arranged on Zoom. Different organisations from the city’s educational system participated: teacher organisations, parents organisation, researchers in the field and local administrators. One of the main aims of this first ME was to inform local stakeholders about the aim and structure of the ECASS project, its main goals, working methods and content. Participants were encouraged to comment and to suggest inputs for the way forward. In the first part of the meeting, we introduced the general aims and structure of ECASS, and we had presentations from partners in Barcelona and Milano. In the second part of the meeting, we informed about the structure of the research projects, the expected outputs and the possible involvement of stakeholders in data collection on policies and tools implemented in Oslo and Norway to tackle school segregation. Finally, we informed about the current situation in Oslo concerning data collections and the use of indicators.
It also covered a part on policy alternatives to tackle school segregation in Oslo. The last part consisted a discussion and feedback from the stakeholders on different aspects of the project.


Barcelona ECASS

In the 2020 Barcelona Multiplier Event, different organizations from the city’s educational system participated. Even though this was a virtual event due to the Covid19, we still had the opportunity to present the ECASS project, and to then deepen in the explanation of the Catalogue of Indicators of School Segregation, and the Course Materials to be created. We then divided the attendees in different groups to discuss issues related to these intellectual outputs, and finally got together again to share different ideas and suggestions for the development of this project. If you want to know more, download the following PDFs (catalan).