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.
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