helping the education community find a place for every child by promoting the best in alternative education

Our vision

To establish Inaura as a centre for innovation in alternative education

To promote our strategy for community-based inclusion for children of all ages

To share our relational skills approach developed at our pioneering special school with the wider community

To develop a community internetwork to encourage more safe, high quality alternative education including small and very small alternative schools


Inaura is ten years old this year - what did we do with the last ten years?

Why do we need more alternative education?

Why do we promote community-based inclusion? 

Why do we prefer managed moves to permanent exclusion?


The national charity promoting inclusive approaches

Our relational approach focuses on relationships not behaviour.  It is a comprehensive approach based on proven research in the UK, Europe, New Zealand,Canada and the USA. It also has a track record of success with children for whom everything else failed.  Inaura has researched and promoted the use of managed moves and a community level model for inclusion, now being promoted by the Department for Education.

Children at our Greencrafts project working on a tricky design challengeWhat do we offer? 

  • We research and promote best practice and strategic approaches in education
  • We provide training at our centre near the City of Wells, Somerset
  • Children attend our independent special school in Somerset on  a voluntary basis.

The school team

    staff team

At Inaura, working together means accepting each other and the children we work with as equals. Staff have a unique mix of experience, skills and understanding. We value the relationships we share and our co-operative approach, which has held the team together as we have grown. We try to find a way to win without defeating people...

Inaura team ride raises £645 for St. Margaret's Hospice

bike boy (sponsored cycling image

The Trustees of Inaura would like to thank the students and staff for their magnificent effort which took place safely and successfully

Our recommendations to the children's commissioner

You can read our submissionto the Commissioner here MINDING THE GAP.

Download Maggie Atkinson's report   (external link).