“We Are All Special”: Inclusion and Support for Students with Special Needs In and Out of the Classroom

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  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Upon the decision of the course provider, classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €


This course is designed to offer a deeper understanding of class dynamics, students’ wellbeing, learning success, and family involvement in inclusive schools. “We are all special” reflects the attitude that educators may use in inclusive classes, in order to prevent labeling, isolation, or bullying towards students with special needs. In a diverse classroom, diversity is a synonym for understanding, integration, and opportunity.

Participants will be given a general introduction to main disabilities such as learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyspraxia), emotional and behavioral disorders (ADHD, ADD, Depression, Bipolar), intellectual and physical disabilities and impairment, developmental disabilities (Autism). They will also be encouraged to share their experiences and difficulties they may have encountered in their profession.

They will be given a series of hands-on activities to prevent isolation and disruptive behaviors from the beginning of the school year, considering peer interaction and peer support as fundamental elements to build social skills, self-confidence, and cope with stress and helplessness. 

Participants will also experience effective relaxation techniques, and movement-based activities, to be used with students with special needs and the rest of the class. 

Finally, participants will be trained in the use of positive and practical strategies to improve effective communication with parents and with the rest of the class.

Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Acquire, reflect, refresh knowledge about main disabilities such as learning, intellectual and physical developmental disabilities;
  • Exchange reflections and practices, share difficulties and solutions with colleagues;
  • Experience concrete activities to prevent isolation and disruptive behavior, which can be replicated in the classroom;
  • Learn how to empower peer interaction and support with other students with special needs and classmates;
  • Practice effective and positive communication with parents.

Tentative schedule (in Barcelona)

Day 1 – Course introduction & exploring inclusivity

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • Criteria for an inclusive school.

Day 2 – Understanding special educational needs

  • Introduction to main special educational needs: assessment and risk management;
  • Individual and group practical activities;
  • Presentation of cases.

Day 3 – Prevent isolation, promote self-confidence

  • Peer interaction and support in inclusive classes;
  • Group exercises to foster inclusive group cohesion;
  • Individual and group practical activities.

Day 4 – How to switch off

  • Movement-based activities and relaxation techniques to improve behaviour;
  • Individual practical activity.

Day 5 – Improving communication

  • Positive and collaborative relationship with parents in inclusive schools;
  • Presentation of cases.

Day 6 – Course closure & excursion

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Tentative schedule (in Athens and Nafplio)

Day 1 – Course introduction & the nature of special needs

  • Welcome to the course!
  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities (e.g. Who is who?);
  • Presentations of the participants and their schools;
  • The Nature of Special Needs.

Day 2 – Disorders, special educational needs or educational needs?

  • Psychosocial and individual/medical models of disabilities;
  • Introduction to common -special- educational needs;
  • Reflecting on students’ educational needs: exchanging country practices;
  • Individual and group practical activities.

Day 3 – Diversity and inclusion

  • Diversity, identification of barriers to participation and learning arising within neighborhood school and resources to support all students;
  • What is an inclusive school?;
  • Group discussion and individual/teamwork practical activities.

Day 4 – Supporting variability

  • Drawing up development priorities and planning interventions to support diversity (e.g. curricula adaptations, design of differentiated lessons);
  • Slides presentation, individual/teamwork practical activities.

Day 5 – Reviewing progress

  • Alternative learning practices, techniques, materials and associated assessment tools to review development;
  • Hands-on activities, individual/teamwork practical activities.

Day 6 – Course closure & excursion

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

Next Courses

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  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 31 Jan - 5 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Mar 2022
  • 11-16 Apr 2022
  • 9-14 May 2022
  • 30 May - 4 Jun 2022
  • 13-18 Jun 2022
  • 25-30 Oct 2021
  • 22-27 Nov 2021
  • 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2022
  • 24-29 Jan 2022
  • 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2022
  • 28 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
  • 25-30 Apr 2022
  • 23-28 May 2022
  • 27 Jun - 2 Jul 2022
  • 25-30 Jul 2022
  • 22-27 Aug 2022
  • 26 Sep - 1 Oct 2022

*Course sessions of July and August will be offered in Nafplio

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Reviews about this course

I recommend such courses for a better knowledge and self-awareness.

Daniela Ungureanu


I have attended the one-week course “We are all Special”: Inclusion and Support to Special Needs Students in and out of the Classroom. The course was well led and structured. Our trainer Mrs. Marta Mandolini offered us a rich set of practical ideas to apply in our pedagogical practice. The classes alternated in a balanced way theoretical and practical part. Many useful audiovisual materials on the course topic have been presented and at the same time I was able to share my own pedagogical experience with colleagues from Hungary, Chech Republic and Slovakia – it was the great value of the course held. The training loaded me with many new ideas and practical subtleties to apply in my school work with some of the most vulnerable students – those with special needs. The course provider Europass Teacher Academy secured us for training sessions with excellent working conditions, in addition to the provided working materials, we felt absolutely protected due to the strict observance of hygienic measures against Coronavirus. The course provider offered us guided tours in Barcelona, and the guide was one of our teachers. His passionate and informative talk was in perfect harmony with the presented cultural and historical sites.

Ekaterina Haralampieva

I have attended the 30-hour Teacher Training course”We are all special”-Inclusion and support to special need students in and out of the classroom” held in Barcelona from the 10th to the 14th of August 2020. The teacher trainer Marta Mandolini was very positive,helpful and experienced. I am very satisfied with the course, the trainer and and course provider. Europass Teacher Academy gave me an awesome opportunity to get new knowledge and feel more confident in my job working with special needs students,their classmates and families.It broadened my horizon and charged me with lots of positive energy to share what I have learnt and experienced with my colleagues in order to make schools a better place for everyone,BECAUSE WE ARE ALL SPECIAL.

Vidilina Ruseva

I have learned so many new things during this course and it was a very pleasant experience! Thank you, Marta!

Andreea Ghitu

From the first day of the course, Marta created a massive impression on me as a teacher. Her personality, skill, and knowledge helped me to learn new strategies in dealing with students with special educational needs. (…) It was so lovely to meet people from other countries and share experiences and knowledge. Thank you, Marta, for an amazing week.

Clare Conneely

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