Science is for all: including pupils with additional needs

A lifetime of campaigning for inclusion in education has resulted in a Royal Society of Chemistry medal for Jane Essex. But why, she asks, are her efforts still an outlier when it is so clear that pupils with additional support needs benefit from learning science?

How to include all students in science

I have spent most of my teaching career spent swimming against the tide. I have a lifelong belief in diversity and the creation of opportunities for everyone in science. This should not be controversial, but it is.

My concern is both personal and professional. As the older sister of someone with severe learning difficulties, I discovered early on that people don’t always see the capabilities of those who are visibly different, instead focusing negatively on the way in which they “deviate” from the norm.

Similarly, my personal awareness of the individual behind the clinical label has led me ...

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