The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities
The British Council commits to taking action to support disabled people to increase their voice, skills and agency to influence others and shape change in their own lives, the lives of others and wider society. We will do this through the meaningful involvement of disabled people within our own workforce and in our programmes in Arts, Education, Society and English and Exams, seeking to identify and remove barriers to inclusion and create conditions that encourage and value diversity.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
To achieve this, the British Council will actively seek to engage and involve disabled people in our work and workforce. We will improve how we collect, analyse and act on data about disabled people’s participation. We will make adjustments to support disabled people’s access and engagement. We will make targeted interventions, working with disabled people, DPOs and other stakeholders, to influence policy, build capacity, challenge assumptions and shape perceptions to increase disabled people’s empowerment.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Capacity building: teachers and staff
The British Council commits to use the relevant parts of our international cultural and educational work to support the provision of good quality education for young disabled people and to enable them to shape and lead change for the benefit of disabled people of all ages. This supports our wider commitment to more inclusive education systems based on the principles of access, engagement, empowerment and enablement aimed at ensuring the highest quality of education for everyone.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
The British Council will focus on creating more inclusive education systems based on policy and practice through collaboration and project partnerships with educational partners, school leaders, teacher educators and teachers. This will be implemented through policy dialogue, tools for developing more inclusive schools and our inclusive education learning resources aimed at solutions that are evidence based and appropriate for context.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018