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Mar 12, 2023

In this two-part episode, we look at neurodiversity, inclusive education and how teachers can help all students to flourish in the classroom. In this first part, we define inclusive education and neurodiversity, and discuss their importance when considering your class.

Our host for this episode is Head of Teaching & Learning Strategy at Cambridge Assessment International Education, Paul Ellis. He is joined by two very special guests.

Professor Amanda Kirby is a neurodiversity campaigner, medical doctor, academic, researcher, and entrepreneur. She is CEO of a fast-expanding tech and health/educational profiling company – Do IT – and chair of the ADHD Foundation in the UK.

Lauren Woods is Assessment Accessibility Advisor at Cambridge Assessment International Education. She is a former member of a school leadership team with fourteen years’ school-based experience, and has coordinated provision for and supported students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Show notes

Cambridge Assessment International Education

Do It

ADHD Foundation (UK)

Theo Smith and Amanda Kirby, Neurodiversity at Work

Paul Ellis, Amanda Kirby and Abby Osborne, Neurodiversity and Education

Children and Families Act (UK)

EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights – Article 24: The rights of the child  

United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 4

Inclusive Education - Education Brief by Cambridge Assessment International Education 

Spiky profile

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory

Harvey Blum, ‘Neurodiversity: On the neurological underpinnings of geekdom’ – The Atlantic