Social Inclusion of Learners

So I Learn (SoIL)

Social Inclusion of Learners

 

Who?   RIX Research and Media (UK), aTempo (Austria), Schools on the Move (Germany), City Council Maastricht (Netherlands), Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (Slovakia) and Centre for Didactic (Romania).

When?   The project runs for two years starting in December 2016 until November 2018

 

Project Summary:

The SoIL project is a European cooperation project funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus + programme. SoIL is a cooperation of six partners bringing together their respective inclusive, individualised learning methods and expertise in dissemination and up-scaling in order to foster the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, like newly arrived migrant children and young people and people with disabilities, into mainstream education.

Objectives:

  1. Evaluate inclusive, individualised teaching methods in the classroom.
  2. Foster the inclusion of disadvantaged learners (including children of newly arrived migrants and people with disabilities) whilst preventing and combatting discriminatory practices.
  3. Empower teachers to be able to address the needs of all learners and understand the diversity of learners.
  4. Build a network of experts, educators and policy and decision makers to disseminate information and progress.
  5. Create open access resources to empower educators.

 

How will we do this?

 

The project will conduct research in classrooms to develop a best practice for inclusive teaching methods and then share this in the six partner countries through conferences, seminars and round table discussions with a network of educators and decision makers. We will create an open access tool kit that can empower educators address the needs of all learners.

 

RIX Contribution to SoIL

RIX research and Media has developed Multimedia Advocacy (MMA) pathway for personalised learning as part of our Erasmus+ IncluEdu project. The MMA pathway is based on the universal design principles for teaching and learning. It provides useful guidance and steps for teachers to deliver education in a way where the needs of individual learners are captured and addressed. The learning is seen as a unique process that is different to individuals depending on their interests, skills, abilities, life experiences and many other factors.

The aim of the ‘education for all’ project is to share our knowledge and expertise, test and disseminate our approach in various educational context with a range of disadvantaged user groups.

As part of the SoIL project aims, RIX Research and media has identified a local special education provision and a local mainstream provision that will be piloting and evaluating the individualised learning approach.

The success of RIX Research and Media over the recent years has resulted in an accessible RIX Wiki platform which has enabled a range of people with additional needs to develop their self-advocacy skills through the use of multimedia and person centred planning tools. These have been used successfully in national and international educational, health and social care settings. In this project, RIX will apply our proven methods and use them to truly involve every individual and will enable them to share their knowledge, understanding and ownership of their fundamental basic human rights. This will include the use of RIX Wikis as well as other tools which will enhance the digital inclusion and educational pathway for all learners.

RIX will host a conference in December 2017 and a 5 days training seminar in January 2018 to share the best practices and we discover during the piloting phase with schools. This will facilitate the resources and knowledge for the European counterparts to trial within their own organisations and give the whole results a broad representation and impact on the final outcomes.

Upon completion RIX will have trialled an individualised learning pathway which has the potential to become a nationwide educational model which integrates the current UK policy and legislation around SEN and disability and the similar legislation in Europe. This will embed the true personalisation of learning for all learners and ensure the multidisiplinary approaches are part of new SEN reforms. We will endeavour to engage front line practitioners as well as policy makers to impact on the inclusion and education for all through the use of these tools and resources.