We launched #ThisSchoolIncludes in 2015, a campaign promoting better training and support about inclusion for teachers, so disabled students are fully included in UK schools.
Back Up is calling for training on the principles of inclusion to be delivered to all students teachers in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by disabled people themselves.
The campaign has been developed as a result of Back Up’s experience of supporting young people with spinal cord injury in over 50 schools through our schools inclusion service.
Our experience tells us that good practice is happening but not everywhere. That's why a new training approach for student teachers in ITT is essential.
We are collaborating with the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) and Disabled Living to design and develop an inclusion training module for student teachers in ITT.
Our skills for inclusion module will establish a shared understanding of disability and offer student teachers a range of strategies for working with disabled students and information on accessing tailored support.
We recently piloted the module at Brighton University and the response from staff and students has been fantastic. Here's what some of the attendees had to say:
''Put the child first – find out their thoughts about what is best for them. Adapt lessons to accommodate all.'' (Trainee teacher)
''The workshop was extremely well planned with a range of activities which enabled the students to discuss implications for their classroom practice and how to include children with spinal [cord] injuries''
(Melanie Bradford, Senior Lecturer)
If you would like to pilot the module at your university, please get in touch with Ella
on 0208 8875 1805 to find out more.
You can read more
about the campaign on Posability Magazine.
Do you think inclusive education is important? Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThisSchoolIncludes