Posts Tagged ‘Inclusion’

Inclusion and Me

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

From a young age I knew that I wanted to be in mainstream education. I didn’t like the concept of being away from home and not being with my family. That was the biggest thing I didn’t like when I was little. (more…)

Blackburn College – Further Education and Inclusion

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

At a recent discussion day organised by ALLFIE, a talk by Ann Harwood centred on the educational provision at Blackburn College. This is a college which OfSTED describes as ‘outstanding’.

Ann is the ‘Additional Learning Support Manager’ at Blackburn College and during her presentation, she discussed, from her perspective, how the college worked towards creating an inclusive educational provision. (more…)

Exclusion with Inclusion? How can we tell the difference?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

If you are reading this, my guess is that you believe in inclusive education for all children and young people, however how do we know when inclusion becomes exclusion? To achieve inclusion in an inclusive setting, is educating a child outside of the classroom necessary? When and if it happens what stops it from turning into another form of exclusion? (more…)

Inclusion in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

You’re going WHERE?’ was the anxious response from most people when I told them that I had accepted a job in Afghanistan, where I would spend a month evaluating an inclusion project for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). (more…)

Dickens on Inclusion

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Everybody seems to be talking about the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.

I started reading Nicholas Nickleby on my new gadget at Christmas.  For someone who can only use one hand I have put off reading any big books long ago.  My gadget solved that.

Into the second chapter and enter the Muffin Company, a great ruse for making money that wasn’t really there (modern day parallels, Fanny Mae and RBS, abound). (more…)

English Baccalaureate – widening the gap?

Friday, August 5th, 2011

With exam results arriving in the next couple of weeks the UK is full of very nervous teenagers. While the current system has no real flexibility for disabled learners, the Commons Education Select Committee is worried that recent proposals by the government to focus students attention on achieving 5 qualifications in English, Maths, two Sciences, History or Geography and a Modern or Ancient Language will negatively affect students as it is likely less money will be given to other subjects like art and ITC. (more…)

The Absurdity of ‘Removing the Bias Towards Inclusion’

Friday, July 15th, 2011

For all inclusionists, the cornerstone aim of the Government’s SEN policy – removing the bias towards inclusive education – is absurd.

A short word-play with the definition of inclusion soon shows where this absurdity lies.

There are several meanings embedded in the concept of inclusion – all of them important and, once named, none of them are really open to much serious debate about their place as core values in a civilised society. Let’s look at a few of the meanings that the concept of inclusion carries: (more…)

Inclusion, not Integration

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A few days ago we had an open meeting of members and supporters to discuss ALLFIE’s response to the current SEN Green paper ‘Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’. (more…)

SEN Green Paper – ‘Support and Aspiration’

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A few weeks ago the government launched the ‘Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs & Disability’ Green Paper and opened its consultation. In the paper it talks about removing the ‘bias in favour of inclusion’ but in ALLFIE’s experience there is no bias, in fact many parents and young people still have to fight to access mainstream education provision. (more…)

Inclusion in Action

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Earlier this month the ALLFIE team left London for snowy Nottingham to take part in an exciting European partnership looking at inclusive education.  Families, disabled people and professionals from Iceland, France, Italy, Romania and the UK came together in Nottingham to share experiences of inclusion and visit examples of  inclusive practise in education in the UK. (more…)