More and more teachers in Europe face the challenge of how to integrate students with special needs in their mainstream class. This is partly the outcome of a general trend towards accommodating children with special needs in mainstream schools rather than in special school settings. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by all Member States of the European Union, articulates the right of students with special needs to be taught in mainstream education. While this trend is a very welcome and necessary move towards more inclusive education systems, it does provide new challenges to teachers that need to teach more diverse classrooms with more learners with particular needs.

As an overall goal, the Supporting Special Educational Needs in Every Classroom course aims at providing teachers a better understanding of the topic and shows how with simple changes teachers can make their teaching and their classroom more inclusive. Furthermore, it aims to help teachers to identify strategies to get the additional support they need. To that end, course participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences in order to develop a learning network of peers in similar situations to them.

Join us on this unique course at the Teacher Academy and meet colleagues in similar situations, reflect about your own practice, find useful resources and ideas to help you reach all learners’ needs, learn about innovative tools that can make your life a lot easier, get inspired and earn digital badges and a certificate recognising your work!

To get the most out of the course, you can participate in our Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #inclusiveclassroom! Introduce yourself now and enjoy the learning journey!

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
15/10/18 13:00
End date
21/11/18 23:59
Module 1: Introduction to Special Education Start date
15/10/18 13:00
End date
21/11/18 23:59
Module 2: Teaching children with SEN in the classroom Start date
22/10/18 11:00
End date
21/11/18 23:59
Module 3: Teaching children with SEN beyond the classroom Start date
Module 4: SEN case studies & Final Activity Start date
To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 15 October 2018


The course will run for 5,5 weeks with an estimated workload of around 2-3 hours per week.

Target audience

The course targets any teacher who is (or might be in the future) working with children with special needs. It is open to both teachers that work in mainstream schools and those that work in special needs settings. However, due to a general focus on special needs education, it is likely to be more relevant to less experienced educators working in mainstream schools than experienced special needs specialists.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.