Primary teachers’ perspectives on implementing the inclusion agenda
This chapter considers the inclusion agenda in UK mainstream primary schools. There have been multiple pieces of legislation and policy on inclusive practice since the development of inclusive practice in 1997. Inclusion in primary schools is seen as an ideological concept where all mainstream educated children will one day be included in every aspect of the schooling experience. However, inclusion is not the only priority in primary schools and this chapter investigates how inclusion can be implemented alongside the competing standards agenda. The standards agenda has been developed since education legislation was established from 1988 to instil achievement and accountability in schools. These policies generated the National Curriculum, Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) and league tables to ensure that teachers and schools were accountable for their actions. The chapter will detail the development of these agendas simultaneously and draw on recent findings that will consider whether inclusion and standards can be implemented in tandem.