The University of Exeter is based in South West England and combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries. It is consistently ranked amongst the UK’s top universities.

The members of the UK SPISEY team are based in the Graduate School of Education and in the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability. The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues.

Inclusive education is a perennially complex subject despite being based on the principles of social justice and equity. The SPISEY project will allow academics, teachers, amongst others from the UK, to link with partners across the EU and develop practice which has benefited from the experience of various European practitioners.

We highly value our involvement with all EU projects and SPISEY is an excellent opportunity to share good practice with a highly experienced group of education professionals from fellow EU countries.

The two UK partner schools are Cranbrook Education Campus and Great Torrington School both based in the count of Devon, in the South West of England.

Christopher Boyle, Ph.D., is based in the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK. He is currently Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and the Director of Doctoral Studies.

He has been an education and psychology practitioner for over 20 years. He is an internationally recognised and respected academic and author on the subjects of inclusive education, and psychology.


Alison – coming soon!

George Koutsouris is a Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education in the University of Exeter. Between 2015-2017, he was the research officer of the Nuffield Foundation-funded trial of the Integrated Group Reading programme (

He is particularly interested in social inclusion, social participation and in matters of inclusive provision, and have published in the areas of inclusive education, lesson study and early reading. He believes that SPISEY is an amazing opportunity to promote social inclusion in schools across Europe. 


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