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Based on a lifetime of experience in the field, Rona Tutt has written an excellent and engaging introduction to the field of special educational needs / disability and inclusion. The book takes a clear stance about the meaning of inclusion as being about engaging all in education rather than where pupils are placed. She favours a continuum of provision that is used flexibly. She provides a clear summary of the background to the new SEND legislation, its strengths and limitations, while pointing out areas where further improvements can be made.
Rona Tutt’s Guide to SEND and Inclusion provides a vital and focused insight into the complex and overlapping worlds of education, politics and academia. By considering inclusion as a process rather than a place, Dr Tutt addresses directly the thorny issue of defining what is meant by the term inclusion and the potential implications for children and young people with SEND.
This publication provides a succinct overview of the main issues relating to SEND and Inclusion. It would be great value to settings involved in initial teaching training and to those providing training for aspiring SENCos as it highlights relevant issues and provides much food for thought.
Rona Tutt, a past President of the National Association of Head Teachers...focuses clearly on ways in which schools and settings can create a climate where all children can thrive. The many examples of good practice are the strength of this excellent publication that will be of value to a wide audience.
The book is clear, well written and easy to read. There is no waffle, just a well argued narrative that cuts through the muddle and gives a clear resume of SEND as it is today. I recommend it to all!