Yokohama International School is proud to host the EARCOS Weekend Workshop:Inclusive Classrooms on April 11-12, 2020.

This workshop will focus on inquiring into how classroom teachers can develop strategies and understandings to truly support the diverse range of learners we have in our classes.

Whilst we often rely on the support of LS experts to support students in our classrooms, we are with them most of the day and Matt Barker, the presenter, has years of expertise co-teaching, coaching and supporting teachers.

  • Unpack why we are inclusive, what inclusion currently looks like in our context, what we would like it to look like in our context, how we go about making those changes.

  • How we can make our classrooms more inclusive/flexible spaces, catering for differing sensory needs

  • Research and come up with key strategies to support learners with differing needs: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ASD - create an experiential environment to get a better understanding of what it is like for individuals who have these differences, 

  • Planning for diverse learners

  • Differences and similarities between Strategies, Accommodations and Modifications in class and with assessments

  • Exploring a range of strategies to support diverse learners

  • Differentiation

  • Using Universal Design for Learning to create a variety of assessment tasks that can be used with diverse learners (ie. we can use more than 1 formative/summative task with a student)

The cost of the workshop is 10,000 JPY per person, payable on the day. This covers the training, meals and refreshments. Please note that places are strictly limited.

If you have questions or want further information please contact Susie Clifford or Jay Brownrigg via email.


A poster whoing Matt Barker and the details for the Inclusive Classrooms event

Matt is originally from the UK and has worked in education for over 20 years. He initially worked as an EAL in rural North Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. Following this, he spent a year teaching EAL in Sydney, Australia. Matt then returned to London and worked as a Secondary English teacher for five years. He then did specialist training in teaching learners with Specific Learning Difficulties and has since worked in a variety of learning support teacher posts in London, Hong Kong and Japan. Matt is currently working as a High School Learning Support teacher at International School Bangkok.


Matt is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer. In addition, he has a Masters In Education with a specialism in equality and diversity. He is diagnostic assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties and is an experienced presenter. He has presented for the Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong, English Schools Foundation Hong Kong, Special Education Network and Inclusion Association for Asia, including Japan, as well as being a Workshop Leader for the International Baccalaureate Organisation.