Inclusive Learning Day
Feeling included in a certain environment is a comfort many of us take for granted in our daily lives. However, inclusivity is never guaranteed, and for children with special educational needs (SEN), inclusivity can be especially difficult to find. It should be the duty of the built environment to be aware of these struggles and be at the forefront of creating equal learning opportunities for everyone.
Therefore, the Inclusive Learning Environments Show presents #InclusiveLearningDay on Tuesday 14 June 2022, to celebrate and promote awareness of Inclusive Learning in education environments.
Special educational needs (SEN) covers more than just learning disability
Government Officials state over 1 million pupils across The United Kingdom require SEN support, with this number rising annually highlighting how commonplace SEN is. The layout of a mainstream learning environment can cause SEN pupils discomfort through many different elements, such as lighting, colour and acoustics. Research indicates that through creating an inclusive classroom design and indoor environment, academic performance can be boosted by up to 16%, proving the difficulties SEN pupils face in mainstream conditions. MenCap statistics show 90% of SEN pupils are in mainstream education, displaying the need to adopt inclusive practices beyond SEN schools, and into the wider learning environment.
#Inclusive Learning Day
Every SEN student has the right to good educational outcomes, and there are various types of SEN to consider within inclusive learning. Statistics show that the most common type of SEN is speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), whilst social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) are second, with education, health and care plans (EHCP) featuring prominently for those on the autistic spectrum too. This highlights the diversity within SEN and the range of requirements needed to fully support SEN students and create fair learning opportunities.
This is why we created #InclusiveLearningDay, to help shine a light on inclusivity in learning environments. We believe that through bringing together the best thinkers in the sector at the ILES exhibition, we can provide the perfect platform for built environment professionals to discuss and share best practice around all elements of inclusivity; both in SEN and mainstream learning environments. We hope that through elevating this focus on inclusive learning, we can transform learning experiences by inspiring individuals to create environments where all students have access to good educational outcomes.