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
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.
Our students ...