Nicole Dempsey

Keeping inclusion in a classroom without TAs

One school ripped up the usual practice and has come up with an alternative system that is much more inclusive. Nicole Dempsey explains how it was done – and why it works

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At my school, there is no SEND or inclusion department. There are no teaching assistants and we do not withdraw students from the timetable for extra literacy or numeracy tuition. In fact, I would like to think that you would struggle to find anything that looks like traditional inclusion at all.

Just to be clear, we do have students with SEND: about a fifth of our students are on the SEND register. Inspired by others, we just do things differently. It’s not about revolution, and we don’t believe there is a silver bullet; it is about embedding ideas with rigour and simplicity.

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