Inclusion - Page 1
T2TUK/Kagan-UK believe that Inclusion is more
than meeting special educational needs. Inclusion is for all students regardless
of their strengths or weaknesses; it is to ensure the participation and highest
achievement of all groups at risk of underachievement.
Cooperative Learning is a powerful way of creating the inclusive classroom/school.
It raises the level of ’quality first teaching’ allowing all students to
contribute in a way that can make them feel significant.
Students are included in the feeling of belonging among other students, teachers,
and support staff.
The very nature of Cooperative Learning with its carefully crafted structures and
formation of teams – means it is inclusive.
The teams are heterogeneous – they have mix of ability, gender, race, socio-economic,
and character. Each team consists of a high/high medium/medium low/low ability child.
There is no ’top-table’ status. It is this heterogeneity that gives the structures
their power, as a tool, for the teacher to include all the class and
- Peer support, students value and respect each other
- Positive race relations
Relationships between the sexes
- Effective class management
to practise social skills in context
- Opportunities for students to learn to clarify their thoughts and develop language
- The reduction of discipline problems
AND most importantly, it gives the same learning opportunities to ALL
“Inclusion is changing the rules of the game so that everyone can play and everyone
Structures can help you to establish a classroom environment where everyone wants
“Children who learn together, learn to live together.”