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Tuesday 03 November 2020 -
18:00 to 19:00

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. 

Our Speakers

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.” 

Dr Marisa Pérez Cañado Universidad de Jaén

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

Professor Tony Booth

Professor Tony Booth

Tony Booth is a professor of education who worked in universities for 35 years, teaching, writing and researching inclusion and exclusion within education settings and systems., having worked as a science teacher and an educational psychologist. He is the main author of the "Index for Inclusion: a guide to school development led by inclusive values.  He integrates a concern to reduce and reverse climate and biodiversity breakdown into his educational approach.

Dr Marisa Perez Cañado, University of Jaen

Dr Marisa Pérez Cañado

Dr. María Luisa Pérez Cañado is Full Professor at the Department of English Philology of the University of Jáen, where she is also Rector’s Delegate for European Universities and Language Policy. She is currently coordinating the first intercollegiate MA degree on bilingual education and CLIL in Spain and four research projects on attention to diversity in CLIL. She holds the Ben Massey Award for the quality of her scholarly contributions on issues that make a difference in higher education.

Mariano Fernández Enguita

Mariano is Director of INAP and catedrático of Sociology at the Complutense University Madrid where he has coordinated the Doctorate in Education and created the Hiperaula Project.  He is author of 300 articles and 20 books, including La educación en la encrucijada (2016),  Más escuela y menos aula and La innovación educativa en un cambio de época (2018). His research focuses on inequalities in education and social change.  He is part of the REDE network and blogs here.

Sonja Uhlmann, Safeguarding Manager and EDI Country Lead

Sonja’s role centres on the protection and promotion of the rights of children. Her work in child protection provides young people with a space where they feel safe and secure. Her work also involves promoting our values of equality, diversity and inclusion in our activities and events across Spain.


Mark Levy

Mark Levy, Head of English Programmes

Football and music are, along with education and family, Mark's great passions. His career with the British Council started back in 1994. Prior to his current role, he worked as a teacher and trainer, working with teachers across the country. In 2010, he joined the Bilingual Programme, managing relations with the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, as well as Spain’s regional governments, in all matters relating to the implementation and improvement of bilingualism in Spain.

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