GOVERNMENT-backed guidance for schools on how to become more inclusive was launched on Wednesday at a London conference. The Index for Inclusion is being sent free to every school in the country.
The index, the result of three years' work by the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, Manchester University and Canterbury Christ Church University College, has been piloted in 22 schools. It help schools to investigate how their cultures, policies and practices may be throwing up barriers to learning for disabled and special needs pupils, ethnic minority pupils, and other excluded groups. Education junior minister Jacqui Smith said:
"The results of piloting the index project underline the importance of providing practical support to schools to help them become more inclusive."