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Webinar 4: Learning Differences and Inclusion – Meeting the Needs of All

This presentation will focus on two key areas that impact on education today – both of which represent a universal context and have implications for a successful school experience for many young learners.:

  1. Learning Differences /Difficulties    
  2. Inclusion  

This talk will examine both of these factors and indicate how they can be interwoven into mainstream schools. This means that we, as researchers and educators, are able to establish and maintain appropriate and effective learning opportunities for all – in an inclusive education environment. This can be accommodated by adhering to four key principles of inclusion:    

  • setting appropriate learning challenges for all,   
  • responding to all children and young peoples’ diverse learning needs,   
  • identifying and implementing appropriate assessment procedures for all and   
  • supporting all learners in overcoming any potential barriers to learning.    

This will form the basis of this presentation and the talk will blend research and practice and make suggestions for accommodating to the diverse range of learners in today’s schools.  The focus will therefore be on the individual learner and the inclusive school system.  Diversity in learning will be seen as a positive aspect of the school experience as well as a positive school ethos, an emotionally robust learning environment and diverse learning approaches.   

The presentation will also provide a summary of key factors for success in school.  A number of references will be provided.   

Selected references  

Reid, G. (2020) Dyslexia and Inclusion: Classroom Approaches for Assessment, Teaching and Learning. Routledge, UK  

Reid, G. and Guise, J. (2021) Effective Study and Learning -How to Help. Luminate – Pavilion Publications, UK   


Dr Gavin Reid

Dr Gavin Reid is an international psychologist and author. He was formerly a classroom teacher (10 years) and university lecturer (16 years).  He was a senior lecturer at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh from 1991-2007 where he wrote the first Masters course in Dyslexia in the UK in 1993.

He has written 40 books in the field of dyslexia, learning skills and motivation.  His books have been translated into seven languages and some are in third, fourth and fifth editions. He lectures worldwide and has regular international consultancies.Dr Reid is Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board and a regular speaker at the International Dyslexia Association conferences in the USA.  He has previously held extended seminars and courses in Singapore as well as in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Cyprus, Greece and Canada.

He has been involved in a number of research programmes and consultancies focussing on dyslexia, learning skills, teacher education and assessment.  He has sat on government panels on assessment and dyslexia. He has also been engaged in United Nations projects as a learning differences expert and has appeared on a number of radio and television programmes on dyslexia worldwide including Dubai, Kuwait, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, New Zealand and Singapore.

Dr Reid has lectured to thousands of professionals and parents in over 80 countries.  He is passionate about helping to achieve equal opportunities for those with dyslexia and other learning differences and is a strong advocate of the strengths and positive aspects of dyslexia and learning differences. His website is www.drgavinreid.com.

This webinar is part of the Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series on Special and Inclusive Education 2021-22. For more information visit https://www.unic.ac.cy/eduseries2021-22

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