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May 31, 2022


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This course provides a brief introduction to the field of inclusive education. You can also access the other courses in this collection: An introduction to leadership for governors and Teamwork: an introduction for school governors.

Regardless of the type of school in which you find yourself, their approach to inclusive education will be a determining factor towards the culture that identifies their learning and teaching environment. Over the next few hours, you will be introduced to some of the principles and arguments that will have informed your school’s approach to inclusivity. You will look at differing perspectives on inclusion, in particular the way that medical and social models have influenced and shaped current thinking. You will also think about barriers to inclusion and the difference between integration and inclusion. In addition, you will consider some of the key documents, such as the Salamanca Statement and the Additional Learning Needs Code, that underpin current thinking in this area.

This Badged Open Course is part of a collection of training resources for school governors in Wales. The collection was developed by The Open University in Wales with an aim to develop a range of additional skills and reflections that may assist you in your role as a governor.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Have a greater understanding of the role leadership plays in school development and the improvement of pupil outcomes
  • Be able to discuss and analyse some of the factors that can influence and contribute to successful leadership
  • Be able to reflect on the leadership approaches taken in educational organisations known to you and appreciate the importance of using evidence to support judgements
  • Appreciate the importance of planning and evaluating professional learning development.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:12:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Knowing what we mean by ‘inclusive education’ 00:25:00
    • Models of thinking 00:45:00
    • Who is to be included? 00:20:00
    • A broad view of inclusion 00:15:00
    • From integration to inclusion 00:15:00
    • The Salamanca Statement 00:20:00
    • The work of Amarya Sen 00:10:00
    • Transforming learning in Wales – the Additional Learning Needs Code 00:20:00
    • Compulsory badge quiz 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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