Do we need to address a bias towards inclusion?
Forty years on, the woman behind the report, Baroness Warnock, says she has had cause to reassess whether it made sound recommendations and claims we need a broader focus in terms of what inclusion looks like
I suppose that anyone asked what was the main novelty introduced by the 1981 Education Act would reply that it was the concept of inclusion.
That Act was based in part on the committee I chaired, and the report we published, and the concept of inclusion was our recommendation. Yet from the start, it was a matter of deep division within the committee, and within the report there were cautionary words about the extent to which inclusion should be taken as an ideal.
There were committee members who were enthusiasts, even fanatics. Ted Britton, then the recently retired general secretary of the ...