Aspiring young writer from a school outside of the borough, shares his thoughts on how schools can implement inclusion. Read on below to understand Inclusion through a young person's perspective: by Julien Diabate Age 10
INCLUSION AT SCHOOL
You’re probably wondering what in the world is inclusion. Read on to find out!
What is inclusion
Inclusion is when everybody is accepted irrespective of their ethnicity, disability, linguistic or cultural background or whatever makes them different from the norm. For example, schools include learners with SpLDs (Specific Learning Differences), learners from different religions, cultures or L1 languages.
Everyone has the right to be included. When we have true inclusion, we have removed all barriers, discrimination and intolerance.
How do I feel about inclusion at school?
In my opinion, schools are making efforts to favour inclusion but there’s still a long way to go. Some schools like mine have ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) sessions but they lack resources. I think this is a great way for children with special needs to get out of class, play a game, learn about feelings and how to manage anxiety or emotions. Bullying has become a major issue and is also not tolerated anymore schools. Most schools also have Speech and Therapy Resources. This helps children with problems with speech or social difficulties. In small groups, children usually feel more comfortable to interact with each other.
What changes about inclusion would I recommend?
I think that schools should pay more attention to playgrounds for example by installing equipment for children with sensory processing issues. That would favour inclusion because children with sensory processing issues would get more engaged and children who have no one to play with will find it more attractive to join. I suggest that the teachers could install a ‘find a friend station’ in a popular place on the playground, so a lonely kid could press a button and get someone’s attention. I also recommend that school introduce some extra classes on (eg. on sensory processing disorders, dyslexia, autism, ADHD or other impairments) so other students can be more aware of these children’s needs. Awareness is vital in understanding the problem. This would also prevent direct or indirect bullying towards those more vulnerable children.
This is my final year at my primary school. I take this opportunity to thank my school for all the support I received.
Thank you for your time and attention.