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Inclusive Practice in the Primary School

Inclusive Practice in the Primary School
A Guide for Teachers

January 2015 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do you want to feel more confident when teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)? Would you like to be a more inclusive teacher?

This book provides clear and flexible frameworks for effective inclusive teaching, and explains how to teach and plan for supporting any child’s learning, no matter what their needs are.

With case studies and activities the book:

  • explains and contextualizes current beliefs towards SEN
  • provides models for practice
  • encourages you to engage in thinking about SEN and inclusion
  • offers interactive reflection points throughout
  • links out to research with suggestions for further reading

Whether you’re training to be a primary school teacher or already in the classroom this book will make you feel confident to be the inclusive teacher you need to be.

Introduction: How to use this book
Part One
1: Understanding special educational needs, disability and inclusive education
2: The policy context for special educational needs, disability and inclusive education
3: Models of difference and differentiation
4: Inclusive classroom practice
5: The 'special pedagogy' debate
Part Two
6: Strengthening the 'Whole Child' Approach through the Spiral Spectrum Model
7: Personal, social and emotional development
8: Communication, language and literacy development
9: Physical development
10: Drawing it all together – how children learn and how we teach inclusively

Inclusive Practice in the Primary School adopts a refreshing and insightful approach to support trainee and new teachers to the challenges they face in adopting, developing and refining an inclusive classroom and practice.   This book is an essential resource for anyone concerned with the development of reflective, inclusive teachers.

Professor John Dwyfor Davies
Chair of Nasen's Editorial Advisory Board

This book is essential for any student completing an inclusive practice module on their degree course.

Mrs Yolande Leech
Dept of Early Years, Accrington And Rossendale College
July 10, 2019

This book provides an excellent background of information for all teachers in view of the clear expectations from the new SEND Code of Practice and the continuing advance towards full inclusion. In providing a historical background to the medical and social model of disability as well as a clear definition and the discussion of some recent legislation, the foundations are set for the reader to have a greater awareness of where we are at this point in history. The structure of the book makes it easy to dip in and out of, although I would recommend teachers to read it in its entirety in order to develop and challenge their thinking on inclusion.

Ms Miriam Ruth Walker
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
March 3, 2016

This is an excellent text. The exploration of key issues relating to inclusive practice has supported our taught sessions and has enabled students to engage with complex concepts and develop greater understanding of inclusive practice. They have then applied this to practice during teaching placements. Module assignments have drawn on the ideas explored in the book, supporting students to make links between theory and practice.

Mrs Erica Evans
Faculty of Education, University of Brighton
August 16, 2016

This is an excellent read - very informative but easily accessible. There are many thought provoking scenarios to assist discussion.

Mrs Julie Mansfield
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
August 3, 2016

This is such an important aspect of all teaching now and this book provides background information setting the scene and then develops specific sections enabling the student to develop their understanding which hopefully they will be able to observe and implement when on placement.

Mrs Claire Garven
Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
May 27, 2016

A very readable and interesting look at SEND. The book will support the understanding of our students in relation to all aspects of SEND, including pedagogical choices, child development and wider inclusive classroom practices. It is extremely user friendly.

Mrs Ani Thomas
Education, University of Derby
December 17, 2015

An extremely useful text that offers practical solutions with respect to creating inclusive learning environments. Highly recommended for primary teachers in training and those interested in developing their practice in this area.

Mr Jonathan Vincent
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
November 12, 2015

This book will be a useful addition to the embedding of a cross curricular theme into teaching of core subjects. Trainee teachers will find it useful to learn from practical examples as well.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
Education, Kingston University
October 31, 2015

Very relevant and accessible for level 5 students. Provides a concise and thorough overview of inclusive practice and can equally be applied to other settings too.

Mrs Sandra Dumitrescu
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
October 1, 2015

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