Lauren Eliott Lockhart

Inclusion for all is a laudable dream, but the reality is stark

While the presumption of mainstreaming for children with additional support needs should be applauded, teachers are too often left without specialist help

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#InclusionMatters. This was the hashtag for World Down Syndrome Day this year. And inclusion does matter, for all children. It matters because it is set against a historical backdrop of exclusion of people with disabilities, against words like “ineducable” or “educationally subnormal”. Most people would agree it is important that children are accepted in society and not turned away from mainstream education – but how close are we, really, to achieving this reality?

I am the mother of a child with Down’s syndrome and I am a teacher, so I understand the challenges facing our system. According to ...

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