Start timeFriday 7 June, 14:45
End timeFriday 7 June, 15:45
We have approached 25th anniversary of the UNESCO Salamanca statement reaffirming the right to education for everyone and the inclusion of young people with special educational needs and disabilities in schools. Progress has been made globally but not nearly enough and the Sustainable Developmental Goals have set ambitious targets in ensuring quality education through inclusive practices. The main issue today is what does these mean for schools and teachers? Is it time to move on from the concept of special educational needs to one more focused on inclusive classroom practices? How can we create more inclusive schools and classrooms that support meaningful learning for everyone? And what does all this mean for English language teaching? We will look at ways we can understand and support all our learners needs and what are the practical steps we can take as teachers in unlocking the learning potential that is inside all our learners.
About Phil Dexter
Phil Dexter is currently the British Council UK Senior Consultant for English in Education Systems. Phil has also worked for Pilgrims as a teacher training and director of studies over many years. He currently leads training in the Pilgrims summer programme on the Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Learning Course.
In his ‘day job‘ Phil advises British Council teams globally on courses and resources for primary and secondary and currently works on approaches in creating and supporting more inclusive learning environments and classrooms. Phil’s most recent consultancy advice in inclusive education involves working with Governments in South Africa, Tanzania, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Germany and Baltic states. 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 awarded an MBE in the 2017 Queens New year honours list for his work in special educational needs, equality, diversity and inclusion.
Workshop - Please help me to learn in ways that are meaningful for me…