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Rachel Cosgrove 

Teacher, Author, Education Consultant

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Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove is an education consultant (Director of ScaffoldEd) specialising in inclusion and SEND. She has over 25 years of experience in schools as a teacher, SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher and is passionate about improving inclusive practise in education. Rachel can offer a range of services including SEND/Inclusion reviews and training. She is an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator. Rachel is author of the book ‘Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell’, a Speechmark publication for Routledge, a visual jam-packed guide to all things inclusive for mainstream teachers.


Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell

Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell is a visual, easy-to-read and honest guide for teachers who are looking for practical ways to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all pupils. It provides a useful framework for thinking about inclusion and pupil engagement and encourages the reader to reflect on their classroom approaches. It explains how to provide an inclusive environment and ethos and offers straightforward explanations of common barriers to learning and how these may present in the classroom.

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Tommy Lee, Assistant Head, Wallingford School.

"A powerful resource - written with passion and clarity. A must read for all classroom teachers and leaders supporting those new to teaching."

Matthew Abrighton, Deputy Head of St Edwards School Oxford.

"This book is an essential addition to the library of anyone serious about putting education theory into practice. Teachers need direct guidance on how to apply current thinking in the classroom context without having to first spend time deciphering unnecessarily complicated jargon. A very welcome and timely publication."

Jane Harrison, Speech and Language Therapist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

"This is a book about how to teach so that all children can learn. Read it from cover to cover or delve in for clearly illustrated tips and ideas. It has children at the heart of every page."

Matt Green, Head Teacher, Southfield Primary School.

"Inclusive teaching 101 from the expert in her field. This is a must read for all primary teachers and leaders regardless of experience'"

Michele Moore, SFHEA, Programme Lead National Award for SEN Coordination, Manchester Metropolitan University.

"I absolutely love this book! It is perfect for teachers and for ITE students too. The topics covered are just right and the text is so accessible for busy teachers."

Jenni Ingram and Jason Todd, Department of Education, University of Oxford.

"Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell is full of ideas and practical suggestions for all teachers to help include all learners in their classrooms. The ideas range from quick and easy adaptions to more sustained suggestions for change, presented in different ways. The author has drawn on many years of working with both learners who have struggled in the classroom and teachers who want to make their teaching more inclusive to develop this key resource. The book is both accessible and practical and this combination makes this a book that will benefit all teachers, and more importantly, their students."

Michelle Johnson, Headteacher Oxfordshire Virtual School for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, 0-25.

"This is a book for all teachers and school leaders. Teachers often feel overwhelmed by rising numbers of pupils with significant need in every classroom. Cosgrove recognises the pressures faced by teachers and offers practical ideas to trial as well as encouraging self-reflection for teachers. Strategies are presented in variety of ways to suit the busy lifestyles of every teacher. Absolutely a must-read to include all our children in the classroom and school community!"

Adam Boddison, Chief Executive (nasen) and Chair of Whole School SEND Consortium.

"With this excellent guide, new and experienced teachers alike can develop their approach to inclusive teaching. The practical and accessible format is perfect for busy teachers and provides a pathway from the basics of inclusive teaching through to the more sophisticated strategies. Rachel Cosgrove’s depth of expertise in relation to inclusive teaching clearly shines through with her first-hand experience of what works eloquently woven through the various special educational needs that learners may have."


06 Nasen Live 2019 - Rachel Cosgrove - Developing an Inclusive Teaching Ethos in Schools
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