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Who is inclusion really about?

We often talk about inclusion with no real agreement about what it is, says Nancy Gedge, but if we are to take it seriously, let’s first agree why it is important

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Despite its being a fundamental part of every teacher’s working life, I still frequently get asked what inclusion is and who it is for. It’s a strange but understandable phenomenon. And it happens because inclusion is such a slippery, nebulous concept.

Is it about schools? About society? About transforming society? Does it mean we should all be educated in the same place, or separately? Is it about friendship? Or knowledge? Or access to opportunities? Does it look the same, no matter where or when you are?

I have a personal and distinctly non-theoretical perspective on this: I am teacher and ...

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