IP&SEN stands for ‘Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs’.
A SIG is a special interest group – a part of IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).
The IATEFL IP&SEN SIG promotes genuinely inclusive practices, that lead to a sense of belonging and full participation for all within the ELT community.
We share good practice and experience and disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources which help to identify and dismantle all barriers to inclusion and raise awareness of the challenges facing learners whose specific needs and identities may be unidentified or not acknowledged.
Our remit covers principles of inclusion relating to a wide range of human characteristics and identities, acknowledging that they overlap in many individuals, for example:
- different abilities (both cognitive and physical)
- race, ethnicity, nationality and linguistic background
- faith and religion
- sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression
- social class, economic class