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Plurilingual Education: Empowering Transformational Change is a celebration of the British Council’s 80 years in Spain and of the 25 anniversary of the Ministry of Education – British Council Bilingual Education Programme, but with the focus very much on the future.

Over the next five months, through a format of panels, discussions, working groups and plenary sessions, the British Council online Conference aims to generate conversation between teachers, school leaders, academics and policy makers, focusing especially on rethinking 3 key, overlapping areas of plurilingual education: inclusion, assessment and quality assurance. 

We hope to involve as many people as possible in these conversations to identify some of the steps needed to generate real, transformational change which will ensure more successful learning outcomes for all our leaners.  

Working groups from each panel will develop the theme and we will bring everyone together again on 26 and 27 February 2021 to consolidate the pointers for the way forward and plan next steps. Join us!

We look forward to involving as many educators as we can in these vital conversations around  how we can best ensure success for all our learners in plurilingual education. 
Mark Levy, British Council


Expert panel 1: Rethinking Assessment in Plurilingual Education (20.10.2020, 18:00)

Our first expert panel will look at the role, needs, challenges and opportunities of assessment in plurilingual education

Watch the recording of our assessment panel.

  • Barry O' Sullivan, Ana Linares, Lucy Crehan.
  • Chair: Dr Victoria Clark, Global Assessments, British Council.


Expert panel 2: Rethinking Inclusion in Plurilingual Education (03.11.20, 18:00)

The second in our series of expert panels will discuss solutions for promoting inclusive approaches to delivering bilingual and plurilingual education projects.
Watch the recording of our inclusion panel:

  • Prof. Tony Booth, Director, Index for Inclusion
  • Dr. Maria Luisa Perez Cañada, Universidad de Jaen.
  • Mariano Fernández Enguita, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Sonja Uhlmann, EDI Lead, British Council Spain
  • Chair: Mark Levy, Head English Programmes, British Council Spain.


Expert panel 3: Rethinking Quality Assurance in Plurilingual Education (17.11.2020, 18:00)

Our third and final panel in the lead up to our conference examines how school based quality improvement tools and strategies and initiatives can and do make a difference to better learning outcomes for students. 

Our Quality Assurance panel:

  • Dr. Catrin Redknap, Principal Research Officer (Welsh Language) Knowledge and Analytical Services, Welsh Government
  • Sara  Pampin Garcia, Head, Instituto Ferrari de Valladolid.(Secondary School in Bilingual Education Programme)
  • Mercedes Hernández Estrada, Head, British Council School  
  • Chair: Mark Levy, Head English Programmes, British Council Spain

Watch the recording of our panel here