Visitors from Japan tour schools around Leeds
Dr Sue Pearson, recently led the reception and co-ordinated a visit from a Japanese delegation seeking to learn from the way special needs education is conducted in British schools. A full itinerary was scheduled, which included visits to schools including Fairley House School, Meadowfield Primary School and Roundhay school, and an evening of culture in Leeds.
Delegation members Taklashi Oniki, the senior specialist for special needs education at Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Yumiko Saiko, the chief researcher at Japanese National Institute of Special Needs Education (NISE), spoke warmly of the experiences they enjoyed:
"We are deeply indebted to you for the gracious hospitality extended to us during our visit to Leeds. The visit was most rewarding, and you, your students, university staff, school staff, and your friend made it all the more informative and enjoyable.
At all the schools we visited, we were deeply impressed by the teachers' enthusiasm and innovative practice which ensure progress of students.
Especially, we were pleased to find teachers' care for wellbeing of the students and their families. School staff tried to enhance students' autonomy and confidence, while curriculum have an orientation towards community inclusion.
The school visits reminds us of many important values, which we have to keep in mind while promoting educational system reform in Japan."