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Inclusive Practice in the Primary School

Inclusive Practice in the Primary School
A Guide for Teachers

February 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

A really useful book for my Early Years students as it explains current policy & legislation, looks at the prime areas of the EYFS and good practice. The tasks, exercises and case studies are useful.

Miss Charlotte Bishop
Early Years, University Campus Oldham
September 30, 2015

A comprehensive guide to inclusion and will be used as a recommended text.

Faculty Of Education Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
September 22, 2015

The book is well structured and written. It is useful as teacher students' handbook where they can have various approaches to inclusion and its needs as a summary. The learning objectives and summaries clarify the information as well as essential examples about cases in real life. The authors have cited the experts in inclusive education. Despite considering inclusion and diversity widely, the book focuses somewhat too much on inclusive education to help learners with special needs. However, I am going to recommend the book both for my teacher students and my colleagues in our primary teacher education as well.

Dr Lenita Hietanen
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland
August 12, 2015


Mr Philip Jefferies
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
June 29, 2015

Interesting read, covers many essential areas with practical suggestions and ideas. Very good

Miss Karen Bezerra
Childcare Studies, Colege sir Gar
June 15, 2015

This book provides an up to date view of inclusive practices in schools. it gives some historical background to inclusion as well as guidance for teachers and other professionals to best support children with SEN in mainstream schools. As a behaviour specialist I have found this especially useful when considering how in 'include' more difficult children.

Ms Amanda Barrie
School Of Education, University of Leicester
May 14, 2015

An accessible guide for teachers. Whilst I would not underestimate the many external challenges, facing teachers, seeking to develop a truly inclusive classroom, I really appreciated the key message; start with the child. It reminded me how easily the individual can be lost: replaced by a label. I could definitely see the value of the spiral model, too. Ultimately, I felt the book was empowering as it emphasised the professional expertise of teachers.

Ms Jane Hart
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
May 7, 2015

timely and well written

Mrs Georgina Spry
Education , Chester University
April 2, 2015

A useful book for intending primary practitioners. Good blend of theory , reflection points and practical advice.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
March 19, 2015

an informative and easy to use book

Mrs Alison Loughnane
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
March 9, 2015

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