Janet Goepel

ITT is the first, crucial step in forging inclusive values

Initial training should be empowering teacher to be advocates for pupils with special needs, not leaving it up to professionals, says Janet Goepel

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Among the recommendations made in the 1978 Warnock Report on special educational needs and disabilities was the notion that all initial teacher training courses should include a “special education element”.

Trainees were encouraged to “notice signs of special need” and how such needs might be assessed.

Now that the voice of disabled people and their advocates is strengthening, and in light of more recent equality legislation and guidance, it would seem appropriate to reconsider how trainees should be equipped to enable all children to achieve their best.

Implicit in part one of the Teachers’ ...

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