About the conference




28th June, 2017, from 09:00hrs-16:00hrs


Lecture Theatre D in the Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, UK


Conference programme available here

About the iTIDE Project

Above: Project director Nick Mitchell gives an introduction to the iTIDE Project

Throughout the European Union learners with special educational needs/intellectual disabilities are still not being included in education at all levels according to their potential. The need for inclusion training has recently been identified as a ‘top priority’ for education professionals by the European Agency for Development of Special Needs Education. This includes not only teachers and teaching assistants, but also health workers (e.g. therapists, psychologists, school nurses), social care workers, and in some cases parents.

The iTIDE project is a European Commission Erasmus Plus funded three year (2014-17) initiative being conducted by partners from six European countries, including England, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

This initiative aims to address the deficit in training in special needs education by making available outstanding open access, practice-leading training materials. These materials, developed by NASEN, the UK’s national association of special educational needs, will be made freely available in the European Union to encourage and spread accessible, accredited, vocational learning within EU states. In doing so we expect to support progress towards the Europe 2020 target of reducing early school leaving.

Project Objectives:

  • To develop a suite of inclusive online training materials by adapting the NASEN training materials (www.complexneeds.org.uk) according to ECVET principles and European Union and ITIDE partners’ national professional competences in inclusion and intellectual disabilities;
  • To provide accreditation pathways for each version of the training materials through school/higher education institution (HEI) training partnerships;
  • To provide guidance for educators and end users on the use of the training materials as learning resources; and,
  • To disseminate the adapted training materials in the countries of the involved partners and in the wider European Union.

You can find out more about the iTIDE Project on the official website here.