The place of special schools in a policy climate of inclusion

Head, G. and Pirrie, A. (2007) The place of special schools in a policy climate of inclusion. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 7(2), pp. 90-96. (doi: 10.1111/j.1471-3802.2007.00084.x)

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In November 2003, the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) commissioned the SCRE Centre at the University of Glasgow to evaluate the impact of Section 15 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc Act 2000. . The evaluation took place between January 2004 and August 2005. A major strand of the research was the impact of the presumption of mainstreaming on special schools, including an exploration of the changing role of special schools, and the changing demands on staff in special education. The evidence presented in this paper suggests that whilst there may be widespread support for specialist provision within a policy climate of inclusion, the sector has undergone significant changes in the last few years. These changes have had a particular impact on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and ‘specialness’ of special schools. However, not all of these changes are due to the impact of mainstre

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Head, Dr George and Pirrie, Dr Anne
Authors: Head, G., and Pirrie, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Journal Abbr.:JORSEN
Published Online:18 May 2007

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