Edu blogging and edu Twitter can be extremely rewarding at times but also nail bitingly painful. When you work in SEN, it can be difficult reading ignorant comments and hearing views from teachers who clearly believe students should be elsewhere. These ‘outclusionists’ have less idea where they should go just ‘away from me and my class’.
When QT wrote a blog post claiming to be playing devil’s advocate, I thought actually, it was not provocative just prejudiced and in poor taste. So I wrote a rather ranty blog. I also questioned how ‘normal’ you have to be for mainstream a while ago.
What happened next was better however: the Titans of SEN began to respond. I’ve used this image before; over the brow of the hill came the voices and it made me burst with SEND pride that such professionals champion those with the least resources available to them. Here they are:
Nancy writes beautifully but harshly on ‘Rose tinted spectacles’ giving some statistics which we should all read.
Simon writes an excellent post challenging the views that we all find ‘like minded’ people and suggesting teachers should be looking for solutions to mitigate difficulties.
Chris tells us how children can be learning opportunities for teachers and that investigating options as a teacher is rewarding.
Jarlath responded with an aspirational blog lamenting how some dwell on the deficit model of SEN rather than seeing students who have a lot to give and achieve.
New to me is Kate, who writes a positive post on inclusion based on real experiences which was a pleasure to read.
OldPrimaryHead ‘s stonking blog sums up the problem but also the solution – a decent head who believes in inclusion past test results.
And Sue reminds us, of course, that #Everychildmatters.
Lena writes an interesting post encouraging more understanding and commitment to inclusion.
Why is inclusion so important? Read Jude ‘s post – it brilliantly destroys the prejudiced arguments in favour of segregation.
A post from Liane on how teaching students with SEN has made her a better teacher is one which will resonate with many.
Beth reminds to to look for triggers behind the behaviours and that segregation could be yet another knock back for some vulnerable children.
Cherryl gives some examples of students in special school and asks the question; should all children be in mainstream?
JordyJax tells us SEND is not going away and gives some very practical advice on spotting SEN in students causing difficulties in school.
Rob compares the lack of funding for flood defences with inclusion and how the subsequent fall back costs far more – he’s right, we need more money and more accountability for students with SEN – provision is currently a lottery.
Bennie has written a fantastically moving tribute to teachers on why we teach – the stats are shocking too.
Maryisherwood, a special school headteacher writes how inclusion is personalised and inclusion for one student may mean a special school and for another mainstream.