Missing out? Challenges to hearing the views of all children on the barriers and supports to learning
Porter, J., 2009. Missing out? Challenges to hearing the views of all children on the barriers and supports to learning. Education 3-13, 37 (4), pp. 349-360.
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Children's views are essential to enabling schools to fulfil their duties under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and create inclusive learning environments. Arguably children are the best source of information about the ways in which schools support their learning and what barriers they encounter. Accessing this requires a deeper level of reflection than simply asking what children find difficult. It is also a challenge to ensure that the views of all children contribute including those who find communication difficult. Development work in five schools is drawn on to analyse the ways in which teachers used suggestions for three interview activities. The data reveals the strengths and limitations of different ways of supporting the communication process.
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