The term inclusion describes the removal of barriers. To “include” is to embrace all people regardless of race, creed, gender, age or disability and to include everybody in society’s economic and cultural activities.
In educational terms, inclusion has become an accepted term to describe a shift in educational provision away from segregating pupils in special schools on the grounds of disability, both learning and physical, and instead placing increasing numbers of such children in mainstream schools. We are passionate about this as a school and having two SEN resource bases, makes it even more important for us. Inclusion links up with the agenda for school improvement and the raising of educational standards in that it asks schools to examine and improve its approaches to not only groups of pupils who in the past have been segregated or are underachieving but to all its current pupils.
Inclusion is not therefore just an issue of special educational needs, it concerns all pupils. It may concern measures to help for example: underachieving boys, improved staff management of pupils’ challenging behaviour, reducing exclusions, improving accessibility or meeting the challenge of more able students. It also involves issues of whole school ethos, curriculum planning, admission arrangements and communication with parents.
At Eastway Primary School we believe that we should treat everybody equally regardless of their race, faith, gender, age or ability. We welcome all children to learn and play together, support them as they develop into open minded, tolerant young people who are prepared to live in a multicultural, multi-faith and cohesive society.
See below for our School Equalities Policy.