Whether or not we agree with it inclusion is here, these thoughts are my own and do not reflect any official position.

Personally I have more of an issue with how inclusion is carried out than if it is carried out.  I firmly believe that total inclusion is not only a bad idea but isn’t actually possible if all pupils are to be treated fairly.

Not all pupils with additional support needs can be included in a mainstream class nor should they be.  If they can be included – as opposed to allowed to attend the same school- then I’m all for it, but geographical inclusion is not really inclusion.  What I mean is that simply giving them access to the same building or campus is not inclusion.  If they are really included then they are not in ‘special’ classes taught by different teachers and having different breaks etc.  It is not only the pupil with additional support needs that inclusion affects, if that pupil has behaviours that are likely to distract other students and cannot control them then including them in a standard classroom is unfair on the other students.

Some pupils cannot be included in a large school simply because they cannot deal with that environment.  Whether because they have social anxiety, previous experience in another similar environment which caused them to refuse to attend or even because, for them, that environment causes a sensory overload which makes it overly stressful.  This is not, in my opinion, a reflection on either pupils, schools or even education authorities.  It is simply differences in people and places that make it unfair to force either side to adapt to the other, because in that situation there are no winners.



My Intentions

It has been said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, as I currently have good intentions I’ll see you there.   I intend to try and keep this blog fairly up to date, something I’ve not quite succeeded at several times in the past.

I have recently become something of a OneNote fan.  At first I thought of it as word’s little brother, less able and less interesting.  Then I actually tried it, and then I sought out more information on the Microsoft Educator’s Community which is when I got seriously hooked.  So far I’ve used it in place of a record of work and found that it is way more flexible than any other way of keeping a record of work I’ve ever tried.  I even have a section for parents’ night.

I did try to introduce it with one class but I was trying to learn it at the same time and the course ended up being cancelled.  On the upside the pupils liked it.  I used the Class Notebook plug in and have experimented with learning tools.  As the authority uses windows seven I can’t use the dictation tools but the immersive reader is likely to be a winner with the pupils.