How to give children and young people who have SEN and disabilities (SEND), the support they need in the environment where they feel most fully included, should be a key concern of every teacher and practitioner. Drawing on her years of experience and conversations with a range of professionals, as well as the thoughts of children, young people and families who have encountered a number of settings, SEND expert Dr Rona Tutt examines both the benefits of the recent SEND reforms and also the opportunities that have been missed to meet needs more flexibly. Content focuses on; – Creating a climate where all children can thrive – An appreciation for the variety of innovative ways school leaders are meeting the needs of students – A consideration of the wider context of SEN from local to national level Clear and accessible, this is an inspiring read for anyone concerned with how individual needs are best met, rather than where their education takes place.

Introduction: Changing attitudes to SEND
Introduction: Changing attitudes to SEND

‘I want to be where I feel I belong.’

Chapter overview

This introductory chapter explains what lies at the heart of this book, namely the need to agree on what is meant by inclusion, in order to move forward with a united view. It explains how:

  • Attitudes to people with disabilities have changed over time
  • National and international legislation has influenced people’s opinions of those who are disabled
  • Models of disability have changed along with these changing attitudes.

The chapter ends with a preliminary discussion about the meaning of inclusion in the context of pupils who have SEND, a theme which is developed further throughout this book.

Changing attitudes

For too long, the inclusion of children and young people who have special educational ...

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