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For an overview of the growing interest in inclusive education internationally, the UNESCO inclusion website is well worth looking at.

The site can be accessed via UNESCO’s main website (click on education and then on inclusive education) and includes information about key concepts of inclusive and special education and quality indicators of systemic good practice. The site also outlines key areas of action designed to further the international development of inclusive education policy and practice. Areas of action are also linked to the provision of guidance for those involved in policy development, and this guidance is also aligned with a summary account of UNESCO’s commitment to achieving education for all (EFA).

Finally, the site includes a range of interesting on-line materials designed to help professionals working in a range of international contexts to develop more inclusive educational provision. This material focuses specifically on case studies, groups of learners, policies, principles and practices, professional development. It also includes information about video resources that can be ordered via email from UNESCO.

Although the site does not include much UK-specific material, it provides excellent information about the way in which inclusive education has become an international policy movement. At the beginning of the academic year, and at a time when inclusion as a key policy initiative in the UK, and England in particular, is under scrutiny, it is worth reflecting on its international significance, and critically appraising this.

This article first appeared in SENCO Update – Oct 2005

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