Our philosophy

Those who say that permanent exclusion is wrong in principle have a problem – this amounts to saying that, no matter how serious their actions may be, every child must remain in their school of choice.  This is an impossible proposition for obvious reasons. 

On the other hand, those who say exclusion is sometimes right are ignoring the plentiful evidence of its damaging consequences for the individual, the serious concerns we have about fairness and equity in this compulsory process, and the crucial question: is there anywhere to exclude them to? 

The weaknesses of both positions constitute a dilemma for all. However, at Inaura, we believe that there is in fact a third and more realistic approach, that we call 'Community-based Inclusion'

What is Community-based Inclusion?

Community-based inclusion effectively places the boundary of inclusion around a group of geographically- and communally-linked places of education, including mainstream schools and their differing in-house alternative resources, together with Pupil Referral Units and specialist and alternative agencies and providers.

Children can move around this community of educational opportunity but not be excluded from it.  The community’s aspiration is to find a place for every child within that community.

It is obvious that the ethical and functional values of community-based inclusion are unimpeachable and provide a way of avoiding exclusion whilst not forcing children to remain in settings that are inappropriate, simply because 'exclusion is bad'. 

The diagram below illustrates the concept of Community-based Inclusion:

community based inclusion graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The protocol for achieving the inclusion of every child can be summed up in three statements: 'Broaden the schools', 'Build the bridges', and 'Find a place for every child'.

How is this achievable?

  • 'Broaden the schools' means increasing diversity of opportunity within the school boundary, though enabling creative flexible resourcing of alternative learning support centres, having a fully differentiating curriculum leading to a wider variety of awards and tertiary options and building better links with college, nurture groups, vocational and work-based learning, and other therapeutic options. Inaura School aims to provide a broad, flexible and holistic/whole child curriculum that is fitted around the individual child. 

  • 'Build the bridges' means creating a process for managing the movement of children between places of education – hence Inaura's development of Inaura's managed moves concept.

  • 'Find a place for every child' is an aspirational goal – if every child has a place in the education community where they feel that they belong and which meets their social and learning needs then the community will have achieved an extraordinary goal. Through the development of Inaura's relational skills approach, Inaura has found a way of meeting the needs of children who are for whatever reason, unable to learn successfully in other environments.  

-->Watch our short animation on Community-based Inclusion called 'Total Inclusion - the movie'