Towards truly inclusive science education : a case study of successful curriculum innovation in a special school

Essex, Jane (2020) Towards truly inclusive science education : a case study of successful curriculum innovation in a special school. Support for Learning, 35 (4). pp. 542-558. ISSN 1467-9604

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    Abstract

    The paper provides a first person account of participant evaluation research of curriculum innovation in a school serving students with profound learning difficulties. It describes how the aspirations of the school leadership team to introduce science, combined with advisory support, overcame the initial anxiety of teaching staff about teaching an unfamiliar subject. The staff position was transformed and they gave a very positive evaluation of their experiences of teaching science, due to the impact of the subject on their students. The introduction of a distinct and inclusive model of science into the curriculum was ultimately found to have significant benefits for both students and staff.