Equal Education for all: Inclusivity and SEN

Ensure every child receives an equal education by learning about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and receiving organisational tips and resources to enhance inclusion in your classroom
Welcome Equal  Education for All:  Inclusivity and SEN. This course is currently pending approval by the Department of Education and Skills for your EPV days. This 20-hour course includes:
10 hours on-demand video material and 10 hours offline learning
Online tutor moderation
Downloadable articles and resources
Access on mobile and computer
Department of Education and Skills-Accredited Summer Course Certificate 2022
 A chance to win the CPI Educator of the Year 2022 Award

After taking this course you will:

Inclusion in education can often be viewed by teachers as a daunting task rather than a welcome challenge. By engaging with this course, participants will be provided with the ideas and skills required to create an inclusive learning environment. We will explore tried and tested approaches that could be used in all classrooms. Modern classrooms can vary greatly from setting to setting and the range of learning styles can be diverse. With that in mind, this course will examine the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This provides an effective framework to improve the learning experience of all students within the mainstream teaching environment. As well as providing ideas and knowledge, this course will also invite the participants to reflect on their current practice and recognise the good, inclusive practice already in place. Furthermore, the participants can share their own experiences with others and via versa, enhancing the participants opportunities for professional development.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Course Aims

  • Examine the history of Special Needs Education in the Irish context
  • Discuss the key documents that have brought us to where we are today: SERC Report and the introduction of Special Education Teachers and Special Needs Assistants; the EPSEN Act; Introduction of IEPs; Inclusive Education Framework; and Guidelines for Supporting Pupils with SEN in Mainstream Schools (2017)
  • Provide an overview of inclusive education in the Irish context presently
  • Becoming an inclusive practitioner-what’s it all about? Enabling participants to respond to the demands of all their pupils, inclusive of their interests, abilities, talents, and needs
  • Introduction to Student Support Files – collaborating, prioritising and implementing planning with all stakeholders
  • Explore the benefits of in-class support and provide practical examples of best practice in literacy and numeracy with a view to meaningful inclusion of all pupils: team teaching, power hours, station teaching and co-teaching
  • Including pupils with ASD in the mainstream classroom-organisational tips and resources to aid meaningful inclusion-PECS, visual schedules and other visual aids; concrete materials; learning tailored to interests
  • Highlight the importance of teacher expectations with regards to inclusive education
  • Discover the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework which through the use of strength-based learning, which aims to improve the learning experiences of all accommodating diverse learners in a mainstream setting
  • Consider the bigger picture: inclusion across the whole school community
  • In-depth discussion of inclusion, differentiation and SSE
  • Collaboration, discussion and sharing of personal experiences with fellow participants as well as engaging in practical activities; sharing of practices across a range of  diverse schools