Policy, Experience and Change and the Challenge of Inclusive Education: The Case of England
Looking back to England in the 1980s, it is evident that the initial hope of achieving participation by disabled children in non-segregated education announced by the 1981 Education Act, turned to disenchantment for many. It became clear that the new notions of ‘special educational needs’ and ‘integration’ ushered in by the Act and the Warnock Report (1978), rather than abolishing ‘categories of handicap’, introduced a new supercategory ‘SEN’, and ‘integration’ only concerned a limited number of children – those who could ‘fit in’ to existing structures.
KeywordsDisable People Disable Child Special School Learning Difficulty Inclusive Education
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