The SERA Inclusive Education Network has recently been established to provide a forum for the interface between researchers, practitioners, students and other stakeholders in Scottish education.
Inclusive education is an educational approach aiming to ensure that all learners, regardless of background or characteristics, can access and participate fully in quality education. It aims to promote social justice through:
- valuing the diverse assets, cultures, languages, abilities and skills in the student body and in the local and wider community;
- giving voice to those who are marginalised or at risk of marginalisation;
- addressing prejudice and discrimination;
- contributing to the development of a fairer society for all.
Inclusive education is supported by international agencies such as UNESCO and is one of United Nations’ sustainable development goals. In Scotland, a raft of legislation, policy and guidance including the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (amended in 2009 and 2017) and the National Framework for Inclusion (STEC, 2014) promote inclusive education and position Scotland at the forefront of the development of inclusive practice internationally.
Therefore, this SERA network provides a forum to support the development of such practice by informing and influencing debates on current issues such as the presumption of mainstreaming, gender identity, underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic teachers in schools.
- Provide networking, professional development and knowledge exchange opportunities for researchers, practitioners, students and other stakeholders in Scottish education.
The network organises a series of seminars and workshops, which will be advertised through the SERA website and the SERA Twitter account.
If you want to be involved, please contact the network convenors using the details below.
Stella Mouroutsou, University of Stirling. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa McAuliffe, University of the West of Scotland email@example.com
Dianne Cantali, University of Dundee. firstname.lastname@example.org