A BRITE History
BRITE came about as a result of the Beattie Committee Report "Implementing Inclusiveness; Realising Potential". This report emphasised the importance of creating inclusive, accessible learning opportunities - equipped to welcome and provide for students with a diverse range of abilities, aspirations and support needs.
BRITE (Beattie Resources for Inclusiveness in Technology and Education) is a 'not-for-profit' initiative which receives core funding from the Scottish Funding Council, supplemented by income from a range of consultancy and research activities focused on inclusiveness and enabling technologies. Examples of the results of these project are available in the resources area of this site.
From its beginnings in 2001, when BRITE was established to support every college in Scotland (a total of 46 institutions at the time), work has expanded beyond further education and beyond Scotland.
A BRITE Future
The BRITE Team has provided training and professional development in Northern Ireland (for staff in colleges and universities); in Norway and Finland (to networks of post-school inclusiveness practitioners) and for the disability advisers in Scotland's 21 universities. The success of our online training programmes enables BRITE to reach an increasingly broad range of organisations and greater geographical spread.
Although BRITE continues to develop and diversify, the key aims of the BRITE Initiative remain at the heart of what we do.
Strategic Aim 1
To offer an accessible and convenient service for the provision of advice and information about assistive and enabling technologies and their use in the support of learners.
Strategic Aim 2
To design, develop and deliver an accredited programme of staff development, which builds the capacity of professionals to create inclusive learning environments and implement appropriate support strategies for students with additional needs.
Strategic Aim 3
To develop an infrastructure, in conjunction with appropriate agencies and stakeholders, which facilitates the efficient and effective provision of assistive technologies for students with additional support needs.