Photograph of four hands joined together.  This is the image used to promote the British Council's seminar for teachers in Madrid on Inclusive Learning
Saturday 06 February 2016 -
10:30 to 13:30
British Council School, Madrid

inclusive learning: practical and positive approaches to benefit all learners!

In order to teach them we first need to reach them!  Meeting the needs of all our learners through an inclusive learning practices approach.

The British Council's inclusive learning experts Phil Dexter and Raymond Kerr invite teachers to our short seminar which will both raise awareness of the benefits to all learners of an inclusive approach and as share simple, effective and key teaching strategies to involve all students in the learning process.  The seminar is free, open to all teachers and consists of 2 plenary sessions with short questions and answers slots.
Important:  There are a limited number of places available at this seminar.  Registered attendees will be allowed to access the theatre before non-registered attendees.  Please ensure that you bring your ticket with you on the day.

Seminar programme:  Inclusive Learning. Practical and positive approaches to benefit all learners!
10.00 10.30 Registration.  Pre-registered attendees will be given preferential entry.
10.30 11.45

Session 1.  Top 10 approaches to inclusive learning in the classroom.  Phil Dexter, Teacher Training advisor.
Inclusive education is a buzz phrase! Every Government likes to trumpet it and schools and teachers expected to do it! What does it mean in practice? In this session understand what we mean by inclusive learning and how we can apply and implement inclusive learning practices. This session is partly about how we can support our learners who may be identified as having special educational needs using simple and quick activities but more about how an inclusive learning approach can positively benefit all learners.   

11.45 12.15 Coffee Break
12.15 13.30 Session 2. What really works in the inclusive classroom!  Raymond Kerr.  Senior Teacher. 
In recent years, there has been a clear shift of focus in the classroom away from managing differences between learners to creating a positive climate of learning for all. This session will be full of practical tips and advice, exploring in detail 10 key teaching strategies for teachers to try out to involve all their students in the learning process.  Whether you work with gifted and talented learners or learners with diagnosed special educational needs this session will support your implementation of one learning for all in your classroom. 

Our expert speakers!

Phil Dexter is the English language Teacher Development Adviser for the British Council, UK. Phil has previously worked for the British Council in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Libya on a range of diverse English language teaching projects advising governments and Ministries of Education. Phil’s current responsibility involves development of courses and resources for primary, secondary and special educational needs. Phil has a Master’s Degree in English language studies from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a Diploma in Special Educational Needs. Phil also advises our British Council offices globally on Special Educational Needs policy and teacher development programmes. He manages the British Council TeachingEnglish Special Educational Needs Course.

Raymond Kerr is the Senior Teacher based at the British Council in Alcalá de Henares. Previous to working in Spain, he was a Teacher Development Advisor in the Global Teacher Development Team.  Raymond graduated with an M.A. Honours degree in Spanish, Portuguese and French from the University of Glasgow and completed his RSA Dip.TEFLA in 1990. He gained a distinction grade in the IH Diploma for ELT Management course in 2010.  Raymond has taught at all levels and age groups in EFL and ESP courses in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East and has presented at conferences across the world for over 20 years.  Since 2011 Raymond has delivered training workshops on Special Educational Needs at national conferences for teachers throughout Europe and has worked with teachers in Madrid through the CRIF Las Acacias”