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Understanding and Developing Inclusive Practices in Schools

Grant reference: L139251001

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TLRP: Standards and inclusive education: schools squaring the circle
It can be argued that inclusion is the major challenge facing the English education service. This presentation will report on the findings of a collaborative action research project involving teams from twenty-five schools in three LEAs working with researchers from three universities in an attempt to develop more inclusive practices. Unusually in this field, the schools were not selected because of any exceptional commitment to inclusion and the notion of inclusion was defined broadly as the attempt to reduce barriers to learning and participation that might impact on a wide range of students. A common process of development emerged across the schools, which started with the disturbance of existing practices and was nurtured by a range of institutional and external factors. The national ‘standards agenda’ shaped the directions taken by schools, yet also stimulated them to pay attention to hitherto marginalized groups. The presentation will conclude that a modest shift in this agenda might be the best hope of creating a school system that is more genuinely and sustainably inclusive. It will also points to implications for the role of researchers in supporting such initiatives within schools and LEAs.
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Author M Ainscow

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