SpicE’s bundle of actions aims to enhance Primary Education Teachers’ ability to implement effective STEAM instruction for protecting students with Mild Disabilities (Special Education) from educational and social exclusion. STEAM is used both as the means and as the purpose for enabling a much-needed shift in Special Education in Primary Education both at an in-service and pre-service level. It sought to uplift barriers for a significant number of students that are silently, slowly, and indirectly marginalized from the early stages of European school systems due to the lack of Teachers’ STEAM skills and the lack of a methodological liaison (along with practical guidelines and curricula) between STEAM and Special Education educational models.
SpicE aims to combine four key elements of education reflected in the international research STEAM, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), inclusion of primary education students with mild disabilities, and teacher training. The development of skills as part of the lifelong learning of teachers is a crucial asset for all countries. STEAM is an educational trend that all countries are trying to include within their curriculum. Recently, several European Ministries of Education have promoted the Labs of Skills (or similar concepts), and already the training of teachers has started. From this aspect, what is missing is inclusive education, especially for students with mild disabilities.