New ways of ensuring an inclusive learning experience for all were highlighted during a special event at the University of Wolverhampton.
For the past year, colleagues at the Institute of Education (IoE) have been looking at how to enhance inclusive practices in all programmes, courses and modules.
The team set out to involve colleagues in discussions and reflections to develop the Institute of Education Inclusive Teaching and Learning Programme.
Staff members from the IoE gathered at Walsall Campus on Friday, 21 September 2018 for a seminar titled, One year on: the Inclusive Teaching and Learning Programme.
The event featured a keynote speech by Gill Richards, Emeritus Professor of Special Education, Equity and Inclusion, Nottingham Trent University, and a welcome video from Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer.
Clair Jenkins, Deputy Director of Education from the Institute of Education, said: “It was a fabulous event and a brilliant keynote - it really hit a chord with me. We’re keen to keep this at the forefront of the IoE - it is such an important and worthwhile focus.”
Participants heard about eight different pilot projects that have gone on this year which explored various aspects of inclusive learning and teaching.
Themes which emerged included how University systems should promote and not inhibit inclusive practice, how an inclusive culture can be embedded in all that everyone does and the relatedness between students and teachers.
The next meeting of the Inclusive Practice Special Interest Group which is open to all colleagues in Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing is on Friday, 30 November 2018 from 1-2pm at Walsall Campus.
The event was organised by FEHW colleagues Stephanie Brewster, Peter Lavender and Sarah Rhodes (pictured).