UCL Centre for Inclusive Education holds inaugural fellows' evening on special education needs
21 March 2018
The UCL Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE) hosted its inaugural fellow's evening on 1 March 2018, forming the first of what is to become an annual occasion.
Organised by CIE Deputy Director Dr Amelia Roberts, the event brought together academics, professionals and practitioners from across the world of special education needs (SEN) to discuss Knowledge Exchange and what this might offer teachers of pupils with SEN.
Despite the best efforts of the 'beast from the east' over 30 intrepid souls braved the weather to attend the evening which involved a discussion of the challenges and benefits of encouraging teachers and schools in engaging with and producing research, supported by universities.
Short topical presentations were given by Dr Roberts, Professor Klaus Weddell CBE, Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs, and Dr Rona Tutt OBE, past president of the National Association of Head Teachers. Guests were asked to discuss core questions about the challenges and benefits of Knowledge Exchange. Guest perspectives were collated.
Presentations from the event were recorded and will be made available. CIE plan to produce a proceedings paper from the event, summarising the keynote presentations and the recorded notes from the discussions. Thanks to the generous donation of time and expertise from the Fellows, CIE plans to build future annual Fellows' events and proceedings papers into a series of 'State of the Nation' events to chart the journey of inclusion in the UK.
CIE has developed innovative models of knowledge exchange which form the heart of three programmes: Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA), Promoting the Achievement of Looked After Children (PALAC), and Supporting Spoken Language in the Classroom (SSLiC).
The CIE team would like to extend their thanks to all those who attended the evening.