The Implications of Selective Secondary Education for Inclusive Education in Barbados

  • Marcia Pilgrim
  • Garry HornbyEmail author


This chapter provides a perspective on issues involved in achieving equitable and inclusive education for all school-age students in Barbados, with implications for other countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. It examines the conflict between the philosophy and practicality of inclusive education and the forms of ability grouping and selective secondary education typically found in Caribbean countries, focusing particularly on that in Barbados. The international literature on selective education and ability grouping is discussed and contrasted with the reality of practice in secondary school education in Barbados. The extent to which the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities, in schools that are streamed for ability, can be undermined and lead to their internal exclusion is discussed. Recommendations are made regarding the changes required of the education system in Barbados for implementing effective inclusive practice and achieving equitable education for all school-age students.


Selective education Ability grouping Special education Inclusive education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Providence Secondary SchoolSt. GeorgeBarbados
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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