We Know Inclusion Works

Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing a series of articles regarding the inclusion of Disabled Children within mainstream education. There will be a range of different opinions expressed and these articles will hopefully create debate and your comments on each article are very welcome.

Inclusion is yet again a very ‘hot’ topic. Not since the early 1980s has inclusion been so widely debated. When the BBC Politics Show visited SCIL in May, our Chief Executive, Ian Loynes, confirmed SCIL’s firm commitment to the belief that all Disabled children should be educated in a single mainstream education system along with their non-disabled peers.

The media furore around Baroness Warnock’s comments that the implementation of inclusion within education had left a ‘disastrous legacy’, coupled with Education and Skills Select Committee’s report into Special Educational Needs has once again opened up the debate and seen Inclusionists on the defensive.

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The Alliance for Inclusive Education is looking for stories that can feature as part of their ‘We Know Inclusion Works’ campaign. They want to collect real stories of where inclusion has worked and stories that reflect the positive effect that inclusion has had on schools, family and the wider community. The Alliance will then present these stories to 10 Downing Street in October to ensure that the government receive a positive view of Inclusion as well as the negative view that the media seem to prefer. You can ring the Alliance on 0207 735 5277 or email them to find out more

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5 thoughts on “We Know Inclusion Works

  1. Exclusion in education can often lead to exclusion in adult life and often an unsatisfactory education. Ours should be a fully inclusive society.

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  2. It is no wonder thatthe Alliance for inclusive in looking for stories to support their claim that inclusive education works. After all such stories are few and far between. Given the present lack of resoures young people with learning difficulties are much better served by being taught in schools providing lessons in classes of 10 or 12 pupils than in one where they are taught in an environment that is inappropriate for them. It is not just the size of classes that makes it inappropriate the whole of mainstream education is threatening to kids who have learning difficulties. We all know how cruel children are to anyone that they can torment and experience of inclusion shows that kids we learning difficulties suffer badly at their hands. They are better taught by teachers who are qualified to teach kids with special needs.

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  3. Children get bullied at school for numerous reasons, for being overweight, for wearing glasses. for being poor being rich. being black, having an accent, and these childrens’lives at school can be an absolute misery. John to take your argument to its logical conslusion – should we have “special schools” for anyone who is likely to get bullied. We need to have a fully inclusive society and that can only come about through educating children in an inclusive environment.

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  4. It is a assumtion to believe that bullying does not exist in special schools, my experience is that it does! Bullying also happens to disabled kids in a maintreem setting, for me it was not my teachers in special school that helped me overcome this, but the support I had from my parents, and my non impaired brother and sisters friends that not only befriended me outside of my special education setting, and helped me deal with with the bullies, but included me and accepted me for who I was.

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