Feedback Report by 5Zn63G74


									                                                                                      QATAR DELEGATION – SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
                                                                                                                19 – 13 MARCH 2008

                                                                                                                             FEEDBACK ON 13 MARCH 2008

Mr Allan Jones was a very kind and helpful visit co-ordinator and what he did for the
delegation was much appreciated.

The goals of the delegates were achieved by the visit. The school visits were helpful.
The visit to Middlesex University was too general and not sufficiently focused on
special needs. Learning took place there, but it would have been better if the
University had more experience in special education.

Devonshire Hill School
Primary School in Haringey
This was the best visit because their was real integration and some very good practice
was seen with students from very low socio-economic backgrounds

Learning outcomes
Human relationships and training can overcome barriers to learning of poor and
challenged communities.
The environment is a good learning resource
Music is important to engage young people, in this case steel pans. Students were
enabled to work together and to achieve. Progression into secondary education was
enabled for students with significant challenges (e.g. boy with Aspergers Syndrome
who could take responsibility for his own learning and the boy who understood his
needs and could communicate them).

Bromley Adult Education College
Adult learners – the programme manager had outstanding management skills that
enabled the work to be successful – very hands on.

Learning outcomes
The need for lifelong learning for young people and adults with disabilities
Curriculum tools devised by Catherine Reed in Bromley
Assessment tools devised by Catherine Reed in Bromley
How to enable students with disabilities to achieve through performance in dance and
drama written by the staff with student involvement
The need to engage able-bodied students from other institutions to work with disabled
young people

Seven Kings
Secondary school in Redbridge
Self confidence of young people with severe physical disabilities and the opportunity
for them to proceed to further and higher education

Fairley House School
The school aims to reintegrate young people with specific learning difficulties into
mainstream schools. It is a private school with 20% of children supported by local
authorities and 80% paid for by parents and guardians.

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Learning outcomes
Training young people to advocate for themselves
Importance of not labelling young people
Incremental assessment

Further contacts
Catherine Reed from Bromley and students of delegates from Qatar University to
communicate via e-mail

Thanks to Sue Rush for her professional expertise

   Recommendations for the future
   1. It would be good in the future to have structured meetings with families (one
      mother was met informally and it was helpful).

   2. Establish links between students in England and Qatar to exchange experiences
      and approaches to working with young people and adults with special needs

   3. Video-conferencing between students in both countries to address specific
      themes as part of professional development

   1. Rana El Adaoui, Project Manager, British Council, Qatar, will arrange video
      conferences between students of teaching special needs in Qatar and England

   2. Rana El Adaoui will take forward proposal for a linking programme between
      teachers of special needs in both countries who are undertaking training and
      professional development at universities in each country

   3. This feedback will be shared with colleagues at The British Council in the UK
      who organise visits and the Director of The British Council in Qatar, Mr Simon
      Winetroube. Rana will forward the feedback to our delegates, who will
      disseminate their experiences more widely in the academic community in Qatar.

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