Our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion
Inclusion in its widest sense of equality of opportunity for everyone is central to all of our work, from treating people fairly and without bias to creating conditions in the workplace, schools and wider society that encourage and value diversity and promote dignity.
Background in Germany
In 2011 the Kultusministerkonferenz assembly of ministers of education of the German states recognised the right of the child with a disability to learn together with children without disabilities. Since then inclusion in the classroom has become an increasingly important theme as the sixteen German federal states review their education systems and look to introduce new programmes and curricula.
Partner with us on projects to create more inclusive schools
We are working through our networks with foundations, state ministries of education and teacher training institutes in order to promote more inclusive practices in the classroom. If you are interested in partnering, we would like to hear from you.
Preparing for a series of events for policy makers and practitioners
As the pilot for a series of similar activities in a number of German states, we recently partnered with the state teacher training institute LISUM Berlin-Brandenburg to hold a "Creating more inclusive classrooms" kick-off event and all-day conference on 14-15.02.17 aimed at policy makers and practitioners working in the field of special needs, integration and inclusion.
Working with consultants and experts from the UK
For the "Creating more inclusive classrooms" events in Berlin-Brandenburg we worked with local expertise as well as edcuation consultants and expertise from the UK and across the British Council network, including the following:
Susan Douglas - Senior Adviser Schools, British Council
Since leaving school headship in 2006, Susan has held a number of key roles with a wide variety of national and international organisations including the British Council, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and Teaching Leaders. Since 2012 she has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Eden Academy Trust in West London.
In her position as Senior Adviser at the British Council, Susan provides sector expertise and advice to a wide number of educational programmes involving ministries of education, school leaders, teachers and young people across approximately 60 countries worldwide. She currently has responsibility for leadership and professional development programmes and system consultancy in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and works with headteachers and ministry officials throughout these regions. As CEO of the Eden Academy, Susan is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the multi-Academy Trust in West London comprising 5 schools including a newly opened free school. Susan was instrumental in the founding and development of the academy which provides education for children aged 3-19 with a range of complex needs. At NCTL, Susan has worked closely with the senior leadership team providing policy advice and strategic services. In May 2016 Susan was a guest speaker at the G7 Education Ministers Conference.
Phil Dexter - English language Teacher Development Adviser, British Council
Phil Dexter is the British Council UK English language Teacher Development Adviser and previously worked in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Libya on English language teaching projects. Phil develops courses and resources for primary, secondary and approaches to inclusive education. 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 manages resources for the Teaching for Success CPD Framework approach with a particular focus on inclusive education.
Marie Delaney - Director of The Learning Harbour
Marie Delaney is an educational psychotherapist, teacher, trainer and writer. She has worked for many years with children and young people with challenging behaviour and other special educational needs, both in mainstream and special educational settings. She has taught English and trained teachers in many countries across the world. She is one of the writers of the British Council’s online course for teachers in special educational needs. She is the author of ‘Teaching the Unteachable’ and ‘What can I do with the kid who..’ (Worth publishing UK) and Into the Classroom : Special Educational Needs ( OUP) Her main interests are engaging those learners who seem to be unteachable, bring therapeutic ideas into mainstream education, helping teachers to manage their own stress and wellbeing so that they can teach the most challenging pupils.
Feedback so far
Our "Creating more inclusive classrooms" events in partnership with LISUM Berlin-Brandenburg on 14-15.02.2017 attracted a great deal of interest from teachers and teacher trainers in Berlin-Brandenburg and beyond. Attendance and engagement were excellent, and feedback has been very positive.
- “I strongly recommend these workshops for principals, educational boards and ministries.”
- “Good choice of experts invited to the conference. Very positive and motivational presentations about inclusion.”
- “Thank you for the opportunity to share thoughts on this topic and congratulations on a valuable, inspiring and brilliantly organized event.”
- “The orchestration was outstanding: all the speakers contributed a specific point of view based on highly professional experience. I enjoyed working with you and it would be great to cooperate again.”
Sample resources and presentations
For more information and ideas, you can download reference copies of the programme and handouts from our "Creating more inclusive classrooms" events on 14-15.02.17 as well as a selection of the presentations from four of our experts below: