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IOE to host international conference on inclusive education

13 June 2019

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is set to host the Inclusive and Supportive Education Conference (ISEC) in 2020, in partnership with the National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen).

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The UCL Centre for Inclusive Education, based at the IOE, has teamed up with nasen to bring the next ISEC to Bloomsbury, 3 - 5 August 2020.

ISEC is a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) conference that takes place every five years and typically attracts more than 500 international visitors.

The theme of the conference will be ‘Closing the Research to Practice Gap’. Participants will explore the interrelationship between researchers, educational practitioners and parents and examine the role of each in applying theory to practice and creating environments for lasting and positive change.

Key questions that will be addressed are:

  • Do researchers share the same priorities as practitioners?
  • Do academics and teachers share a common language?
  • What are the barriers to productive and successful co-operation?

ISEC 2020 will also welcome families, in order to help young people with SEND and their parents to feel they can participate fully and have a sense of co-ownership in processes that affect their lives.

Gill Brackenbury, Director of the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education, says she is delighted to be bringing ISEC to the IOE.

“Research-informed classroom practice is as important now as it has ever been,” explains Brackenbury. “ISEC 2020 is an exciting opportunity for researchers and practitioners to work together to continue this essential dialogue.”

The conference is accepting submissions of abstract proposals until 30 November 2019.