Trip goes the distance for special educational needs

Trip goes the distance for special educational needs

Lecturers from the University of Wolverhampton proved they could go the distance when they travelled to Thailand recently to help support children with special educational needs.

Dr Jo Winwood and Dr Stephanie Brewster, Senior Lecturers in Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Disability in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, travelled to a small, independent school in Bangkok to provide a three day training programme.

The University was commissioned to deliver the training to 17 experienced special needs teachers from five schools in and around Bangkok following work they had done in Burma through a charity supporting the development of special educational needs in the country.

Harshi Sehmar, Director of the Village International Education Centre in Bangkok, said:  “Our centre has been open for 17 years and during that time I’ve seen a huge change in the international setting with a willingness to provide better provision and to be more inclusive.

“We are constantly looking to improve the service and training programmes that help staff in schools to better understand special educational needs and the Level 1 and 2 training offered by the University was ideal for our Teaching Assistants.”

Anne Hollinshead, Project Manager at the University of Wolverhampton said: “We are delighted to be able to provide systematic training and resources for education practitioners working in schools in Thailand following on from our great work in Burma.

“Our aim is to work with education practitioners to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to facilitate transformative, sustainable, appropriate, effective and quality-assured education for all children and young people with special needs and disability in Thailand.”

The training was delivered to teaching staff to support the continuing professional development of other colleagues meaning that up to 50 people could potentially benefit from the programme.

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Date Issued:  19th June 2016

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