Towards truly inclusive science education: a case study of successful curriculum innovation in a special school

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The paper provides a first person account of participant evaluation research of curriculum innovation in a school serving students with profound learning difficulties. It describes how the aspirations of the school leadership team to introduce science, combined with advisory support, overcame the initial anxiety of teaching staff about teaching an unfamiliar subject. The staff position was transformed and they gave a very positive evaluation of their experiences of teaching science, due to the impact of the subject on their students. The introduction of a distinct and inclusive model of science into the curriculum was ultimately found to have significant benefits for both students and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-558
Number of pages17
JournalSupport for Learning
Issue number4
Early online date30 Sep 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • inclusive education
  • curriculum
  • science education

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