Making inclusive education a reality
8 years ago, I joined NDTi at a really exciting time, we had not previously had a children and people’s programme and it was thrilling to join the organisation when the programme was in its infancy and gathering momentum. We subsequently won a contract with the Department for Education to deliver the Preparing for Adulthood programme as part of government support to implement new legislation governing special educational needs.
The Children and Families Act in 2014 changed the system for identifying and supporting children and young people with special needs and disabilities. This was a considerable change. The previous system was steeped in the traditional medical model of disability. Children were identified, assessed and treated with no thought to their aspirations or what was important to them. Despite a forty year “commitment” to inclusion, the same number of children and young people continued to be placed in segregated settings. Many parents and children and young people themselves have wanted to be included in their local schools but usually this has only been possible if they have been prepared to take on hostile schools and nervous local authorities. To read the full article click here
Released On 9th Apr 2018