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‘Inclusion isn’t a problem – the issue is consistency’

Mainstreaming is threatened by ‘the practice gap’, warns Professor Lani Florian

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Shrinking budgets and research that reveals many children with additional support needs (ASN) are failing to flourish in mainstream schools have caused some people – including teachers – to question the presumption that children, wherever possible, should be educated in mainstream schools.

But to ask that is to ask the wrong question, says Professor Lani Florian, an expert in inclusive education and the Bell Chair of Education at the University of Edinburgh. She argues that mainstreaming is not the issue: it is consistency. How do we ensure all children in all schools receive a quality ...

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