Inclusion

3rd December 2004 at 00:00
INCLUSION AND HOW TO DO IT: Meeting SEN in secondary classrooms. By Sue Briggs. David Fulton. pound;20.

Recent legislation has meant that mainstream secondary schools are admitting pupils with increasingly diverse needs. This book aims to offer teachers realistic ideas that will help them meet the day-to-day challenges of inclusion.

Sue Briggs should be congratulated on producing a book that every teacher of pupils with special needs, teaching assistants and inclusion co-ordinators will find useful. Not only does it offer a plethora of strategies and advice, it provides imaginative and time-saving resources on the accompanying CD-Rom. The case studies are helpful and offer a precious insight into the world of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

Inclusion co-ordinators may not find all the strategies apply to their school, but the reader is encouraged to experiment with a variety of techniques that suit the child and the teacher's environment.

Teacher training colleges should be encouraged to include this book on their reading list for trainees, as it also provides an excellent foundation for newly qualified teachers facing the challenge of meeting inclusion in their mainstream classrooms.

David Bartram

Learning support manager,

Lampton school, Hounslow

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