Developing inclusive practice in Scotland: the National Framework for Inclusion

Louise Barrett, Mhairi Beaton, George Head, Lisa McAuliffe, Lio Moscardini, Jennifer Spratt, Margaret Sutherland

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This paper reports on the collaborative development of a ‘National Framework for Inclusion’ under the auspices of the Scottish Teacher Education Committee by a working party representing each of the Scottish Universities providing initial teacher education. Recent research, international legislation and Scottish education policy has refocused the notion of ‘special educational needs’ based on ideas of individual deficit to support and provision for all learners. As teachers are therefore charged with responsibility for an increasingly diverse population of learners, the National Framework of Inclusion was developed to support both pre-service and qualified teachers to work inclusively to provide fair and meaningful experiences for all learners. The paper examines the underpinning principles of the Framework, describes the collaborative process of its development and provides one innovative example of its use.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalPastoral Care in Education
Issue number3
Early online date3 Aug 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Aug 2015


  • inclusion
  • teacher education
  • collaboration
  • diversity


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