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About the event
Educators have a really important role in ensuring neurodiverse students feel included, understood, and empowered in their ability to do well - both in school, higher education and in life!
But many of our education systems are not designed to support learning differences or may be targeted towards ‘neuromajority’ learning styles. So how can we be flexible and make positive change?
Please join us for a panel discussion exploring how we can integrate neurological differences into teaching practices. By appreciating that different students will process information in different ways, our classrooms can be designed to be more inclusive for all.
We will explore topics such as:
Creating a psychologically safe teaching environment
Diversifying and adjusting your teaching strategies
Managing bullying or challenging conversations amongst students
Exploring strengths and challenges of neurodifferences
Thinking about inclusive design in education
As this is a panel discussion, there will be lots of time for questions and interaction with you!
Please note that our events are not being recorded, to encourage our participants to speak openly about their personal stories and experiences.
Amanda Kirby | Event Chair
CEO Do-IT Profiler and Neurodiversity campaigner
Professor Amanda Kirby is passionate about neurodiversity and inclusion.
She has an international reputation in the field of Neurodiversity. She has written 8 books and more than 100 research papers in the field. She is a qualified GP, has a Ph.D. in the field of neurodiversity, and is an emeritus professor at the University of South Wales and an honorary professor at Cardiff University.
She is also a trustee of the ADHD Foundation, works closely with the BDA, Dyspraxia Foundation, and several Autism charities.
She was chosen as one of the top 20 LinkedIn voices in the UK for 2020 and has one other international and national accolades including being voted nationally in the past as the UK GP of the Year.
Assessment and Feedback Development Lead/ Inclusive Education Consultant
Abby Osborne has extensive experience in training teachers in inclusive curriculum design. She also has a background in mentoring and tutoring neurodivergent students in secondary, further and higher education. Abby currently works at the University of Bath’s Centre for Teaching and Learning supporting colleagues to implement inclusive teaching and learning practices. Abby also works as an educational consultant, most recently working with Cambridge Assessment International Education to develop guidance and training materials for international teachers about inclusive education.
Chairman, Dyspraxia Foundation
As an adult with dyspraxia, Jonathan takes every opportunity to raise awareness of the condition and is proud to be the Dyspraxia Foundation’s first-ever chair to have dyspraxia.
Professionally, Jonathan runs a fundraising agency and chairs Europe’s largest professional fundraising event, alongside serving as the director of Warrington, Halton, and St Helens Samaritans.
CEO and Founder, Enrich Learning
Onyinye Udokporo was diagnosed with Dyslexia aged 11 and following this became passionate about being a voice for neurodivergent people. In 2022 her debut book Dyslexia and Me: How To Survive And Thrive If You're Neurodivergent was published. Since then Onyinye has built on her career as a neurodiversity consultant and content creator. She focuses on helping schools, organizations, businesses and corporations discover how they can design neuro-inclusive safe spaces where neurodivergent people like her can thrive!
Onyinye is also an educator and entrepreneur. She started her first business, Enrich Learning, aged 12 and has served children and young people across the world. Onyinye believes that it is important for her to create access to opportunity using education as a tool.
Creator / Director of Dekko Comics Ltd
Rossie Stone is the creator of Dekko Comics Ltd, a company that turns schoolwork and other complex information into pure entertainment. Rossie is dyslexic and struggled with understanding and retaining his schoolwork.
Through his love of comics, he came up with a technique that helped him overcome his difficulties attaining his first Grade A - by having fun
Head of Teaching & Learning Strategy, Cambridge Assessment International Education
Paul Ellis began teaching in schools and universities in the 1990s and has held senior positions in two of the main global education providers: the IB and Cambridge University Press & Assessment. He has worked with teachers and school leaders on all continents as a workshop leader and conference presenter, and to advise and support schools in their professional learning needs. He broadcasts regularly on educational topics and has co-authored or edited more than a dozen educational books, including The Trainer Toolkit, The What, Why, and How of Assessment, and Neurodiversity and Education (all published by Sage/Corwin).