For episode two of series three, Sharon Smith joins host Izzy Felton to discuss including children with Down’s syndrome in the classroom. Sharon advises ways to implement a whole school inclusive culture and provides insight into her daughter's experiences in a mainstream school.
The episode breaks whole school inclusivity into three sections:
- Inclusive curriculum
- Friendships and relationships
- Leadership and supporting teachers
Want to find out more about Down's syndrome? The DSA has provided us with three resources on whole school inclusivity:
- Hand in hand forging bonds and friendships together
- Planning an inclusive and accessible curriculum for all learners
- Top tips for planning inclusive residential trips
Sharon is a PHD student, Education Advisor and mum to a 19-year-old daughter with Down’s syndrome. Her research focuses on inclusion, disabilities and collaboration between parents and teacher. Recently, Sharon worked with the Down’s Syndrome Association on their education project that advocates ‘Inclusive Education’.
Check out Sharon's SEND Network profile
We hope you enjoy this episode! Please do share your thoughts in the comments as well as any other useful tips on how you have created a inclusive culture in your school.