Outreach is key to inclusive teaching

A tie-up between special and mainstream schools is an underused approach to inclusivity, says Simon Knight

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If you are a mainstream teacher, when was the last time you visited a special school? When was the last time you talked to a special-school teacher? Do you even know where your local special school is?

You would hope most teachers would have at least some contact with specialist provision in their local area, but the reality is that not enough is being done to ensure this happens, while the pressures of the job of teaching can make such contact logistically difficult.

Yet, if we are to truly have an inclusive system in which all students get the best education possible, then getting over ...

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