Three overseas masters degree students from the University of Exeter visited the College to observe DSEN (Disability and Special Educational Needs) provision in a secondary education environment.
The one-day visit, on 28 November, saw students Abdulrahman Saad Al-muqati from Saudia Arabia, On Kei Si Tou from Macau and Yingqi Peng from China meeting with the College’s DSEN team members, observe and participate in classroom lessons and learn about Inclusion provision, policy requirements and the role of Assistant Learning Coaches in the classroom environment.
The ‘taster’ day was the start of an ongoing series of visits that will include a two week placement visit in the spring term of 2018, as part of the masters students’ year-long University of Exeter course.
On Kei Si Tou found the visit very enlightening: “Our visit to Newton Abbot College has been very interesting and helpful. DSEN provision is very different to what is already in place in my home country of Macau. There is a much more individual approach here; each student has tailor-made intervention techniques that allow them to participate in the classroom. There are still stigmas in Macau surrounding students with special educational needs and I hope to take some of the things I have learned and implement them back in my home country.”
Visit Co-Ordinator, David Evans, said of the visit: “We were thrilled to welcome the three visiting masters students. We are extremely proud of the College’s DSEN provision, its inclusivity and individual approach and we look forward to sharing more of the work our DSEN team do with University of Exeter students in the coming months.