EARCOS Weekend Workshop: Inclusive Classrooms

Yokohama International School is proud to host the EARCOS Weekend Workshop: Inclusive Classrooms on April 8 & 9, 2023.

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 Learning Support 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.

  1. Defining inclusion and making it relatable to my personal practice
  • What is inclusion? 
  • What is my school’s current definition of inclusion? 
  • What does inclusion look like in my school context? 
  • What does inclusion look like in my classroom?
  • What would I like inclusion to look like in my classroom?
  • What is my personal mission statement relating to inclusion in my classroom?
  • Where am I now in relation to this mission statement?
  • Where do I need to be?
  • What do I need to do to get there? 
  1. Neurodiversity
  • Who are my neurodiverse learners?
  • What do I know about them?
  • What do I need to know about them?
  • How do I find out this information?
  • Group-based online research to come up with key strategies to support learners with differing needs: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ASD, EF. 
  1. What an inclusive classroom can physically look like
  • How is my physical classroom currently set up?
  • How could my classroom be set up?
  • How can we make our classrooms more inclusive/flexible spaces, catering for differing sensory needs?
  • What might my classroom be like for a learner with differences?
  1. Teaching learners with diverse needs
  • 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 this workshop is as follows and will be payable in Japanese Yen on the first day.
$100 USD for EARCOS members.
$200 USD for Non-EARCOS members.

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 25 years. He initially worked as a teacher of English As An Additional Language 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, Japan and Thailand.

Matt is currently working as a High School Learning Support teacher at International School Bangkok. He is a highly experienced teacher, teacher trainer and instructional coach. In addition, he has a Master of Arts In Education with a specialty in Equality and Diversity. He is diagnostic assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties and is an experienced workshop presenter. Matt 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.