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The Open University

Inclusive education: knowing what we mean (Wales)

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WelcomeThis course provides a brief introduction to the field ofinclusive education. You can also access the other courses in thiscollection: Anintroduction to leadership for governors and Teamwork: anintroduction for school governors.Regardless of the type of school in which you find yourself,their approach to inclusive education will be a determining factor towards theculture that identifies their learning and teaching environment. Over the nextfew hours, you will be introduced to some of the principles and arguments thatwill have informed your school’s approach to inclusivity. You will look atdiffering perspectives on inclusion, in particular the way that medical andsocial models have influenced and shaped current thinking. You will also thinkabout barriers to inclusion and the difference between integration andinclusion. In addition, you will consider some of the key documents, such asthe Salamanca Statement and the Additional LearningNeeds Code, that underpin current thinking in this area.ThisBadged Open Course is part of a collection of training resources for schoolgovernors in Wales. The collection was developed by The Open University inWales with an aim to develop a range of additional skills and reflections thatmay assist you in your role as a governor.


  • Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • section11. Knowing what we mean by ‘inclusive education’
  • 1. Knowing what we mean by ‘inclusive education’
  • section22. Models of thinking
  • 2. Models of thinking
  • section33. Transforming learning
  • 3. Transforming learning
  • 3.1 A broad view of inclusion
  • 3.2 From integration to inclusion
  • 3.3 The Salamanca Statement
  • 3.4 The work of Amarya Sen
  • 3.5 Transforming learning in Wales – the Additional Learning Needs Code
  • section44. Compulsory badge quiz
  • 4. Compulsory badge quiz
  • section55. Conclusion
  • 5. Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements


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