The training encourages schools to develop school inclusion teams and inclusive education co-ordinators.
Development of a collaborative culture in schools is one of the most important ingredients for inclusive education. The more people can work together and support each other, the greater the chance they will identify and solve more inclusion challenges, using contextually relevant, innovative and low/no-cost solutions. The training therefore includes modules that focus on developing multi-stakeholder school inclusion teams (SITs) and establishing school-based inclusive education co-ordinators (IECos).
IECos co-ordinate inclusion-focused activities in schools and help to find ways to meet the support needs of learners and teachers. By having a SIT in place, teachers can share the load and also draw on other people’s expertise. Every school community has a lot of expertise and ideas that often remain hidden. The training encourages teachers to explore opportunities for revealing expertise and support. Teachers are encouraged to carry out action research with colleagues and stakeholders, such as learners, parents, community members and disabled people’s organisations, to investigate and address inclusion challenges.
Briefing paper: ‘Innovation in Inclusive Education Teacher Training. Sharing our Experiences’
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