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Change in schools and other settings becomes inclusive development when it is based on inclusive values...

 

Doing the right thing involves relating actions to values. Relating your actions to your values can be the most practical step you take in developing your setting.

 

Participation implies learning, playing or working in collaboration with others. It involves making choices about, and having a say in, what we do. More deeply it is about being recognised and accepted for ourselves.

 

 

Inclusion in education involves...

  • Putting inclusive values into action.
  • Viewing every life and every death as of equal worth.
  • Supporting everyone to feel that they belong.
  • Increasing participation for children and adults in learning and teaching activities, relationships and communities of local schools.
  • Reducing exclusion, discrimination, barriers to learning and participation.
  • Restructuring cultures, policies and practices to respond to diversity in ways that value everyone equally.
  • Linking education to local and global realities.
  • Learning from the reduction of barriers for some children to benefit children more widely.
  • Viewing differences between children and between adults as resources for learning.
  • Acknowledging the right of children to an education of high quality in their locality.
  • Improving schools for staff and parents/carers as well as children.
  • Emphasising the development of school communities and values, as well as achievements.
  • Fostering mutually sustaining relationships between schools and surrounding communities.
  • Recognising that inclusion in education is one aspect of inclusion in society.

 

 

Inclusive development draws together all principled approaches to the development of schools and other settings...

 

There are other attempts to promote educational development in settings which reflect similar values to the Index and overlap with its content and approach. The Index helps to draw these together into a singular approach to development; a single tree from many roots. It reduces policy fragmentation and initiative overload.

 

 

Work within settings using these other labels widens the communities of people concerned with implementing inclusive values. It does not matter if inclusion or some other word is chosen to integrate these activities. But they need to be linked together and alliances made between their proponents.

 

© Tony Booth

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