Panel discussion: Rethinking Inclusion in Plurilingual Education
We invite you to take part in our panel discussion in inclusion in plurilingual education. Our panel, Tony Booth, Marisa Pérez Cañado, Mariano Fernández Enguita and Sonja Uhlmann will provide short input sessions but panel content will be centred around the debate and questions posed by our audience.
Our three ‘rethinking’ panels aim to start a conversation around these key areas involving all of the people with a stake in plurilingual education, and especially teachers. The panels are just the start of this rethinking process and we hope that you will join us to keep the conversation going. Mark Levy
There are huge challenges around inclusion policies and inclusive practices in education and some argue that these challenges are even more difficult to address in plurilingual and bilingual education programmes. Is this true? Does learning through another language make any or all areas of inclusion more difficult and if so, how can we mitigate this? Critics often question the inclusion policies and practice in schools in these programmes, but are they right to do so? Are these different from those in other schools? Should they be? What can we all do to ensure that plurilingual and bilingual programmes provide a successful education for all?
Join our interactive discussion with speakers from the UK and Spain.
Professor Tony Booth, Director, Index for Inclusion Network
Tony will consider what it means to develop schools inclusively and how that relates to developing thriving bilingual schools. He will suggest that inclusion is fundamentally an answer to a question about values: “how should we live together?” and that this requires a second question for education: “what do we need to know to live together well”. These are the questions that are worked out in minute detail in “the Index for Inclusion: a guide to school development led by inclusive values.”
Mariano Fernández Enguita, Catedrático de Sociología, Univ. Complutense, Director del Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública
Sonja Uhlmann, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, British Council Spain
Chair: Mark Levy, Head English Programmes, British Council Spain