18 Aiming for inclusion:Chris Abbott
removing barriers and
All children, wherever they are educated, need to be able to learn, play
and develop alongside each other within their local community of
(DfES 2004: 3)
IntroductionThe most recent government policy document on special educational needs
(DfES 2004) is titled 'Removing Barriers to Achievement'. It is the latest in a
line of developments in this area which have themselves traced an arc of
understanding across a wide vista of educational change. Like all recent
educational policy statements, current SEN policy is linked to the strategies
for intervention and for integration of services in 'Every Child Matters'
(DfES 2003). This document outlines the key rights of all children, and
these also underpin all support for those who are faced with barriers to
learning.The rights outlined in 'Every Child Matters' are that children should:
|• ||be healthy|
|• ||stay safe|
|• ||enjoy and achieve|
|• ||make a positive contribution|
|• ||achieve economic well-being|
(DfES 2003: 6–7)
This chapter examines the recent history of the response of the educational system to learners who have often been characterized as having
special educational needs (SEN). The use of the term SEN is itself contested
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Book title: Becoming a Teacher: Issues in Secondary Teaching.
Contributors: Justin Dillon - Editor, Meg Maguire - Editor.
Publisher: Open University Press.
Place of publication: Maidenhead, England.
Publication year: 2007.
Page number: 224.
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