Our responsibility for inclusion as a community of schools.

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“If they don’t like it, they can go somewhere else. Parents have a choice.”

I’ve read about Headteachers who say this.  I’ve even used a similar phrase for dramatic effect with my students – if you want to belong to this community to have to follow our rules; if you don’t you’ll have to go somewhere else.  But the truth is that it’s a bit more complicated; at least, it should be.  A serious challenge in schools is to balance inclusion  – the rights of every child to receive a good education regardless of their circumstances – with the reality that some children have an unacceptably detrimental impact on the learning of others.   However, not only is it a lie to suggest that all parents have a genuine choice of secondary school, once they get there, it’s not a straight-forward to chuck kids out when they challenge the system.

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