ELSA MINI TDD
November 5th 2014
INCLUSION AND SPECIAL NEEDS with David Crabtree and Mary Ann Wilson
14.00-15.00 Neuro-diversity and learning differences, David Crabtree
15.30-16.30 Practical session: inclusion strategies for the classroom, Mary Ann Wilson
David Crabtree is an education expert on neuro-diversity and learning differences with over 30 years experience in schools, colleges and HE. He is a specialist in assessing and meeting the needs of people with a hidden disability in all areas of work, education, living environment and issues related to access.
As part of the AchieveAbility National Network (previously a national HEFCE funded project), he was responsible for a ground breaking publication, 'AchieveAbility Interventions: A Framework for Whole Class Learning'. Other work includes ‘A Framework for Whole Institutional Inclusive Teaching Practice’ and ‘Inclusive Learning in Practice’.
His involvement with the Neuro-diversity Project at Harris and current work with The British Council and the Council of Europe is a continuation of a lifelong passion for teaching as well as the opportunity to bring together and extend his work supporting teachers and schools to respond increasingly effectively to the needs of learners who learn differently.
Currently, he is working with,
• The British Council developing the global strategy on SEN
• Developing a training programme for SEN Advisors in Abu Dhabi
• A number of UK schools developing whole classroom strategies for on Inclusion, Neurodiversity and learning
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Mary Ann Wilson has been an Early Years, Primary and Secondary EFL teacher at the British Council since 2007, as well as the Y1 teacher in the British Council Bilingual Section. Before joining the British Council Mary Ann worked with Special Educational Needs students in Northern Ireland, setting up Reading Recovery programmes for students with dyslexia and developing strategies for integrating children with autism into mainstream education.
The growing number of children learning English outside of their mainstream classroom has led the British Council to develop and implement an Inclusion policy which includes nominating a SENCO. Mary Ann was designated as one the first SENCOs in the British Council network. Her past experience has been invaluable in training teachers, liaising with and reassuring parents and finding the appropriate strategies for dealing with a variety of SEN issues in the language classroom.
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