Developing policy frameworks
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This chapter discusses the educational policy frameworks for the development of home-school partnership, children's participation and inclusion. Since 1997, when the New Labour government came into power, one central focus of policy development has been the reduction of social exclusion coupled with the promotion of social inclusion. Concepts of inclusion and inclusive education have developed over time within the context of broader social values and political priorities. The educational basis for the principle of home-school partnership stems not just from an acknowledgement of parental rights, but from the recognition that home is a primary context for children's learning. In principle, home-school agreements can offer a vehicle for three-way discussions between children, parents and teachers about expectations, communication, roles and responsibilities. The 1981 Education Act stated that children with special educational needs should be educated in mainstream schools, provided that certain conditions were met.