FORMERLY BEING IN EDUCATION—THESE WERE THE QUESTIONS WE WOULD HAVE ASKED…AT LEAST IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL—AND DID, BEST WE COULD.
This is blog post is primarily school-based and SEND focused, but can any education or care setting that strives to be truly inclusive should be able to use this as an environmental and relational approach based checklist or simple inclusion audit tool. Before you start looking at strategies or labelling a child’s actions as challenging ask yourself these questions. They could form the basis of an interesting initial discussion with your team about how inclusive your approach is, and how it may be enabling the learning of all.
If you cannot answer Yes to the first 13 stop and rethink your approach to inclusive education.
The Core Questions
Is the child fully included, valued, and accepted part of the group with a clear role within their peers?
Do they have a chance to share their interests with peers and adults?
Do you regularly ask “What is their behaviour telling me”?
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