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This is What Inclusion Means To Me

Amy Husband is the head teacher of Clifford Bridge Academy. Here she gives a personal view on what it means to be an inclusive school.
Children in playground

‘Let me start with an example’ she says. “Max*, one of our KS2 boys was recently diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. His class teacher immediately made appropriate changes to ensure he made progress and achieved. His co-ordination was such that he struggled to write in a clear format for long pieces of written text. Amongst other strategies, his class teacher gave him access to a laptop and showed him how to use it effectively. As a result, he has gained significantly in confidence. His teacher realised that the ideas for his writing were there in his head, but he was just struggling to get them down on paper because the process of manipulating a pencil was a real barrier. Once Max began routinely getting his thoughts out via a keyboard instead of a pencil, his writing, and more importantly his confidence, went from strength to strength. This simple tweak to Max’s provision, along with many other bespoke strategies my staff have employed, is just an example of the solution-focused attitude that our school has. The impact of this approach on children’s day-to-day life in school is probably best reflected in a letter that Max’s mum recently wrote to me. She said: 

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