The challenges in making education inclusive for all children, including those with SEND, are many and varied – but the benefits of inclusive education are clear for all to see. Philippa Stobbs explains

A recent report from the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education highlights the benefit of inclusive education. It specifically links inclusive education to improved inclusion within the wider community both during school years and beyond school into adulthood.

A lot of previous research focuses on either inclusive education or social inclusion; there is a more limited range of research that links the two together. This report analyses more than 200 peer-reviewed papers that make that link.

First, of course, the analysis has to handle the wide range of definitions of both inclusive education and social inclusion. Inclusive education is articulated as a right in UN Conventions, both the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, but requires action by all of us to realise this right. Definitions often include these key elements:

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