Welcome to the website of ‘Responding to diversity by engaging with students’ voices: a strategy for teacher development’, 2011-2014, funded by the European Union Executive Agency, Comenius Multilateral Projects. This website is designed to share our project. We hope it might be useful to teachers, students, school leaders, academics, researchers, educationalists, policy makers or, indeed, anyone else with an interest in inclusive education. We welcome feedback, please use the comment forms.
The central aim of the project was to create an innovative approach to in-service teacher development. This aims to support teachers in developing inclusive classroom practices by engaging the views of students in such a way as to ensure that personal and social circumstances – for example, gender, socio-economic status and ethnic origin – are not an obstacle to participation and learning. It links three main elements – responding to diversity, the use of ‘lesson study’, and listening to students’ voices.
Five universities and eight secondary schools are working together as active partners within the project. These represent three countries – the UK, Spain and Portugal. The project involves the use of two cycles of collaborative action research that led to the development of a strategy for teacher development. The evidence from the project schools is that the strategy does work and that it can be a practical benefit both to teachers and to their students. The project has produced a video, a guide and accounts of practice all available for free download from this website – see the links in the menu bar.