TES Special Needs will report realities, not rhetoric. The current policy is to include many more children in mainstream schools. In this first issue, we report on some of the difficulties as well as the successes of inclusive practice - not least that the Government is facing both ways. Its well-received Action Programme for SEN promotes inclusion, but the continuing emphasis on competition and league tables makes it much harder for schools to deliver.
Above all, TES Special Needs will seek out successes - in mainstream and special schools, in special projects, in children's homes. Progress in this field must often be measured in small steps - and it's the small-scale achievements that can be most useful to professionals looking for solutions.