What Do You Understand by the Term "Inclusion" Essay

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'What do you understand by the term inclusion' Inclusion would mean that everyone is involved and are included throughout the curriculum. By having the right to education, every pupil should be included in any activity as well as including those with Special Educational Needs [SEN]. Although it helps to be ‘able to identify both the ways they are excluded and the changes that need to take place if their right to education is to be secured’ (Osler & Starkey, 2005). Also both attending special needs schools and the support needed for children with SEN are quite expensive especially to those with a restricted budget (Riddell, 2006). The part of social inclusion that I would intend to discuss would be that relating to education in a community as it suggests that ‘an inclusive society is also a literate society’ (Tett, 2006) including those with special needs. Since 1994, there has been at least a few legislations written in regards to those with special educational needs. Most noted could be the ‘Salamanca Statement on Principles, Policy and Practice in Special Needs Education’ and the ‘United Nations Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities’ which proclaims five principles. Being ‘1. Every child has a fundamental right to education, and must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of learning; 2. Every child has unique characteristics, interests, abilities and learning needs; 3. Educational systems should be designed, and educational programmes implemented, to take into account the wide diversity of these characteristics and needs; 4. Those with special educational needs must have access to regular schools, which should accommodate them within a child-centred pedagogy capable of meeting those needs; 5. Regular schools with this inclusive orientation are the most effective means of
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