Inclusive education toolkit: Full Contents Page

This toolkit is a comprehensive resource which aims to make including a child or young person with a spinal cord injury, back into school life less intimidating. This resource includes advice and practical tips from a range of professionals, young people, and family members. Through reading these testimonies, case studies and examples you will have a better understanding of:

  • what inclusive education is
  • how to prepare for inclusive education
  • the practice of inclusive education (including advice on P.E., trips, transport, emotional support, types of support)
  • what young people say
  • the experiences of family members
There is also a lot information about legal duties and responsibilities, and what a spinal cord injury is and how this can affect people.

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1.1 Introduction by Stephen Lightbown

1.2 The need for inclusive education

1.3 Models of disability

1.4 What do children and young people say

1.5 Understanding Spinal Cord Injury

1.6 Legal duties and responsibilities

2.1 Knowing what to expect

2.2 Know who to involve and how to involve them

2.3 Providing continuity while in hospital

2.4 Preparing and welcoming the student

2.5 Preparing the school community

2.6 Preparing the school

3.1 Inclusive education case study

3.2a Types of support

3.2b Using assistants

3.2c Support from spinal cord injury charities

3.3a Academic support

3.3b Personal care support

3.3c Emotional support

3.3d Education transitions

3.4 Involving children, young people and families

3.5 Accessing physical education

3.6 Accessing trips and out of school activities

3.7 Transport

3.8 Dealing with bullying

4.1 Young people's experiences

4.2.Your rights - what they are and who can help

4.3 Finding and using support networks

4.4 Understanding and dealing with emotions, relationships and sex

4.5 Returning to school

4.6 Life after school

5.1 Families experiences

5.2 Knowing your rights on inclusion

5.3 Accessing advocates and support