Inclusion and Education

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What is 'educational inclusion'? Critically evaluate debates surrounding this term and discuss the extent to which it is possible to have fully educationally inclusive schools today. Inclusion is one of the very controversial topics concerning the students that are in this whirlwind of changes in education. It is the effort to put children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) into the mainstream educational system. The main purpose is to ensure that every child receives the best and most efficient education by placing them in the best learning environment that can be available for these students. Inclusive schooling is both a belief and a practice where all children learn in their local schools in classes with students their own age. This includes students that are disabled, gifted and children from a wide range of racial and cultural backgrounds, and more. A fully inclusive school enrols and effectively supports all learners, regardless of ability and aims to create targets for students and for every student to reach those targets. The DfES (Department of Education and Skill) states that inclusion ‘emphasises schools responsibilities in including children with a diversity of additional needs’ and aim to ‘reduce educational failure and maximise potential for all children’. (p.2). the main purpose of this study is to examine the main disadvantages and advantages of moving students with disabilities into a regular classroom. I will critically discuss the difficulties and benefits for pupils in need of special education, regular students in education and regular education teachers when moving a student with SEN into a regular classroom. Inclusion for pupils with SEN (special educational needs) doesn’t necessarily mean that the teacher has to teach everyone the same way. ‘Equality of opportunity is not a case of giving all the pupils the same opportunities but

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