Inclusive Practice

3517 words 15 pages
Inclusive Practice

Complete a written assignment that will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements and policy relating to inclusion. Critically analyse the issues surrounding Special Educational provision and disability in school.
During the ten years that I have worked in primary education inclusivity has played an increasingly important part when considering how the curriculum can be delivered and how a classroom can be managed to ensure that it is accessed by all children. Experience of working within a primary classroom has shown that the accommodation of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the delivery of inclusive lessons have had a vital part to play when determining classroom
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Given an inclusive philosophy however, it may also be suggested that ensuring the accommodation of those with SEN could be the stimulus to developing a much richer mainstream learning experience for all and where teachers develop a broader range of skills and resources.
The SEN code of practice identifies four areas where a child is unique in terms of their learning: cognition and learning, communication and interaction, sensory and physical, and behavioural, emotional social difficulties. A student may have specific learning needs in each of the areas (DfES 2001). To support these learning needs there has been an increased emphasis on providing an accessible learning environment rather than the child’s difference or specific learning difficulty, “By inclusion we mean not only that pupils with SEN should where possible, receive their education in a mainstream but also they join in fully with their peers in the curriculum” (DFEE, 1997, p.44). One method of ensuring that a child’s needs may be met and that the learning environment is accessible is through ensuring that all students are able to make progress, this might be achieved through the appropriate differentiation of lesson objectives. With the use of individualised objectives a student may take part in a lesson, contribute and make progress, regardless of their ability in relation to other students in the classroom; the curriculum being open to all. However, experience of working in

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