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Creating an inclusive school environment

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Can we say that our school systems are inclusive and we practise what we preach? Phil Dexter, Maria Jose Galleno, and Suzanne Mordue discuss this question.

From our experience working in different school contexts, inclusion in education involves an integrated approach to policy, educational culture and classroom practice and good practice is an ongoing process. Key issues are access, engagement, empowerment, and enablement. What do these terms mean, how can they be applied? This is an interactive session looking at how we can take small but significant steps through an inclusive practice approach. We discuss what teacher educators can do to make a difference in supporting approaches to successful teaching and learning.

Watch a recording of the webinar below

About the speakers

Phil Dexter is a British Council UK Education Senior Consultant responsible for continuous professional development for teachers with a specific focus on inclusive education and inclusive practices. Phil’s advises our British Council teams, teacher educators and Governments on approaches to inclusive education. Phil’s most recent consultancy involves working with Governments in South Africa, Tanzania, Chile, Uruguay, Spain and Germany. Phil has a Master’s Degree in English language studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Diploma in Special Educational Needs. Phil was recently awarded an MBE in the 2017 Queen's Honours List for services to inclusive education.

Suzanne Mordue has worked in ELT as a teacher, trainer and learning consultant since 1999. She has worked in numerous countries, including South Korea, Slovakia and Turkey. She is now based in the UK, where she works as an educator on Futurelearn ELT MOOCs. Additionally, she had a key role in developing the British Council online SEN course.

María José has been teaching English since 2003 and since 2011 is a British Council moderator and teacher trainer. She is also the Learning Technologist at St Brendan’s School. She holds an MA in Digital Technology, Communication and Education from the University of Manchester and is currently finishing her second Masters in TESOL Teacher Education at the same university. She has always been interested in the use of technology in order to help all students reach their optimal level.