Session 229: Inclusion in Education

Thursday 20th November 2014

Question four covered behaviour policies – how far do they reflect inclusive practice? There was general agreement here that policies which involve just rewards and sanctions are not very inclusive, and that they should instead be about understanding individual pupils. Some notable contributions:

In question five, we moved our focus from mainstream to special schools. Can special schools be said to be inclusive? The general concensus was yes, if we are working with a definition of inclusion that is about equality of opportunity and outcome rather than integration. Notable contributions:

Our final question was to do with pupil voice, looking specifically how to hear the voice of pupils with profound and complex learning needs. Again, there was a definite concensus, which was around making sure pupils know they will be listened to and treating them with respect. There were also some practical ideas. Some tweets of note:

The overall feeling from the chat was that teachers, professionals and families are committed to inclusion, but there are many factors which get in the way. There were some commonsense tips, and some very positive reflections as well. We have two tweets of the week, which we think sum up the chat very well:

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