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Inclusive report launched for Cork

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:07pm

Students and teachers in Cork are set to benefit from a recently published report on inclusion.

It’s hoped that the report will encourage the implementation of necessary supports and structures, which will be put in place to provide the best possible system to ensure that all learners’ needs are met.

Members of the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) gathered with teachers and staff of CETB’s Futher Education and Training (FET) colleges at Cork Training Centre (CTC) to launch of the Active Inclusion Report.

As part of CETB’s commitment to finding a pathway for every learner, the report was created in order to carefully examine the provisions currently in place across Cork's FET colleges. These findings will now be referenced and used to benefit both learners and staff within each individual institution.

The launch marked the culmination of a lengthy project driven by CETB, who engaged with AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) in order to get this initiative off the ground.

Ted Owens of CETB said: “We are delighted to launch this report, as well as to outline the learnings that took place throughout the pilot. The report was overwhelmingly positive and each teacher that participated was hugely motivated, engaging enthusiastically with the initiative while having a profound sense of wanting to do the very best for the students in their respective colleges. This work will have a significant impact on providing for a more inclusive culture in FET.”

Teachers from Cork College of Commerce, St John’s Central College, CSN College of Further Education, Mallow College of Further Education and Kinsale College also played an integral role in this project, working together to facilitate the formation of the report, with a view to creating and applying a unified and formal process.

Participating teachers completed the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning course, created by AHEAD and validated by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. This saw teachers examine their current practice and introduce changes to their methods to ensure UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles were incorporated into their teaching work.

He continued: “CETB is also delighted that SOLAS have provided funding to enhance supports offered to learners within FET of circa 0.75 per cent of the overall grant. This is the first time that a direct recognition has been made for the need for associate funding, which has now been provided for in this budget and CETB welcomes this significant development and looks forward to witnessing the resulting improvement for leaners across our FET centres.”

For more information visit cork.etb.ie/further-education-and-training.

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