The things we do to be more inclusive


Every so often the opinion pops up in my Twitter feed that Special schools should be abolished.

Now as someone who has devoted their entire career to the education of children with severe and profound and multiple learning disabilities, both in the classroom and beyond, I try not to get too affected by this sentiment. To some extent I sympathise, in an ideal world every child should be able to get the highest quality of education in their local community school. However, currently they do not, (something which is not exclusive to those with learning disabilities), and I am not completely convinced that the abolition of Special schools is going to rectify this. Nor am I convinced that we should be advocating the denial of choice to those who wish to have it.

It seems to me a bit like trying to eradicate poverty by abolishing food banks. Whilst Special…

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