• British Council

Exploring Inclusive Pedagogies

Ensure you’re meeting every learner’s needs, including those most at risk of exclusion, by developing inclusive teaching skills.

5,445 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Examine the impact of inclusive pedagogies in primary and secondary education

Inclusive pedagogies can help create a fair and thriving learning environment for every student.

On this three-week course, you’ll delve into the pedagogical practices of inclusive education and discover how you can ensure all students have the chance to fulfil their potential within your school.

Create an inclusive learning environment with improved classroom management strategies

Inclusive learning environments promote fairness, equality, and support in their everyday frameworks and practices.

On this course, you’ll examine the concept of inclusion and the issues surrounding it. Using behaviour management techniques and whole classroom strategies, you’ll learn how to establish a classroom environment where students feel safe and able to learn.

With this knowledge, you can identify areas for improvement schoolwide and plan ways to promote inclusion across all teaching.

Investigate how to differentiate and promote inclusive learning in your classroom

There are a number of key concepts affecting educational inclusivity, including unconscious bias, medical and social models, and differentiation.

You’ll explore each of these factors and ways to address their impact on learning. You’ll learn practical teaching strategies to ensure individual learning needs are met within your classroom setting.

Develop an ethos of inclusion within the school community

Stepping beyond the classroom, you’ll explore how inclusive pedagogies can provide a foundation for your whole school ethos or mission statement. By doing so, you can ensure that your students remain supported throughout their school journey.

By the end of this course, you’ll have explored the concept of inclusive pedagogies and how these can be developed and embedded into educational frameworks.


  • Week 1

    Understanding inclusion

    • Introduction to exploring inclusive pedagogies

      Learn about the concept of inclusion and its importance to teaching.

    • Looking at the concept of inclusion

      This section aims to develop a better understanding of inclusion and raise awareness of the challenges involved in creating inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities.

    • Exploring inclusion in schools

      Now let's take a closer look at issues that can prevent the development of inclusion within schools.

    • Review

      Reflect on what you've learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Promoting inclusion in the classroom

    • Inclusion in the classroom

      An introduction to this week's learning objectives.

    • Medical and social models

      Learn about the medical and the social models of disability. These models play a big part in how we approach students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

    • Creating an inclusive ethos through classroom management

      Reflect on and discuss ways of managing the classroom that promote inclusion.

    • Review

      Reflect on what you've learned this week.

  • Week 3

    Reflection, action planning and going beyond the classroom

    • Reflecting on practice

      Consider advice for effective reflection upon your teaching practice in relation to inclusion.

    • Action planning

      It's now time to create an action plan that will help you to apply inclusive teaching practices and reflect upon their effectiveness.

    • Towards an inclusive school community

      Learn ways of promoting inclusion across the entire school community.

    • Review and next steps

      Reflect on what you've learned this week.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the concepts of inclusion and exclusion
  • Create a fair and thriving learning environment that caters for all learners – including those most at risk of exclusion
  • Develop a plan for change in your classroom and school
  • Apply practical approaches to integrate inclusive practices into your teaching

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary and secondary school teachers wanting to enhance their teaching practice and understand inclusive pedagogical methods. It is also suitable for other members of school communities including school leaders who may want to develop inclusive practices across their school.

Who will you learn with?

Suzanne has been working in ELT since 1999. She's been working in teacher training and materials writing for over 10 years. Her online portfolio is: https://suzannemordue.wordpress.com

I've been involved in inclusive schools education for 30 years as a teacher, district officer and freelancer, working both in the UK and internationally.

I've taught English in Hungary, Romania, China and the UK. At the moment I teach in Shetland and I also write English language teaching materials.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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