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The inclusion and wellbeing research group aims to critically explore policy, pedagogy and practice in relation to the educational experiences of all children, young people and students of all ages. This includes children and young people who exhibit a broad range of diverse, additional and potentially complex learning needs as well as those showing typical development.
Members’ interests reflect the diverse nature of this field but also a range of methodologies and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The areas of inclusion and wellbeing currently being explored by the researchers in this group include:
Barry Carpenter was recently appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford. He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. In 2017 he was entered into “Who’s Who” in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities” ( www.complexneeds.org.uk).
He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics.
Please see the School of Education Eventspage for an up-to-date list of research group events. Recent events include Jon Reid and Jo Billington’s extremely successful Inclusion Week; Children’s Mental Health Week film screenings; external speakers; and practical workshops.