Include Special Educational Needs Children in the new "All Abilities" education plan
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The new "all abilities" education system was put forward, and sold to the public, promoting the idea that the multi-tiered system of education currently in place creates a perceived culture of elitism, where children "pass" to Grammar, or one of the Colleges, or "fail" to secondary school. By creating a single tiered system, this would then remove the purported barriers, affording children of all abilities access to the same educational facilities, and therefore giving them all the same chance to thrive.
However, there has been no attempt at all to formulate an inclusion strategy for children with Special Educational Needs. What I believe this means is that, ultimately, there will continue to be a perceived culture of elitism, where children either “pass” to a mainstream school, or “fail” to a Special Educational Needs school.
We are well into the 21st Century, and Guernsey has a brilliant opportunity to develop a world class inclusion strategy, incorporating and advancing the knowledge of the SEN staff. The States is at a point where they are looking to build and / or develop schools that are fit for purpose and future-proof. Why then, do they not include facilities that allow genuine, full inclusion into the mainstream school system for those children with alternative needs to give them the promised equality?
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