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The Inclusion Illusion: How children with SEND experience mainstream schools

7 July | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This session uses results from the UK’s largest observation study of pupils with high-level SEND to argue that inclusion is an illusion. The way schools are organised and how classrooms are composed creates a form of ‘structural exclusion’ which preserves mainstream education for typically-developing pupils and justifies a diluted pedagogical offer for pupils with SEND. Policymakers, not mainstream schools, are indicted over this state of affairs. This session prompts questions about what we think inclusion is and what it looks like. Ultimately, it suggests why a more authentic form of inclusion is needed, and how it might be achieved.


7 July
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
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Rob Webster, Director, Education Research, Innovation & Consultancy (ERIC) Unit , Reader in Education, University of Portsmouth