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'Discuss how those working in primary education settings can contribute to positive educational and welfare outcomes for children with special needs'

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'Discuss how those working in primary education settings can contribute to positive educational and welfare outcomes for children with special needs' This essay aims to look at primary education settings and how it can contribute to positive educational and welfare outcomes for children with special needs. It looks at how parents, teachers and other agencies working with the pupils are responsible for ensuring all children have a positive school experience. It explores the nature of primary education and some of the current changes taking place within an educational setting. It will also try and raise some of the political and social issues that surround primary education. Disability is difficult to define because it is a multi-dimensional concept with both objective and subjective characteristics. When interpreted as an illness or impairment, disability is seen as fixed in an individual's body or mind. When interpreted as a social construct, disability is seen in terms of the socio-economic, cultural and political disadvantages resulting from an individual's exclusion. Many different terms and definitions exist in relation to disability. This is in part because the terminology which is acceptable changes over time and also because it is for individuals to define their own situation. ...read more.

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Inclusive education means that the school can provide a good education to all pupils irrespective of their varying abilities. All children will be treated with respect and ensured equal opportunities to learn together. It is necessary to remember that children spend a considerable amount of their childhood years in primary education, so it is inevitable that the experience can shape a child's personality, personal outcome and their quality of life. Each individual child and their family will experience school and the education system differently a reason like special needs where the child has either behavioral or learning difficulties can be a reason for this. The shift from the medical model to the social model view can be seen in current government legislation, policies and practices aimed at children with disabilities. In 1981 saw about a change in children with learning difficulties being educated alongside their non - disabled peers. Disabled children with health issues are no longer isolated and treated in health institutions; the aim has been moved to providing health care in community and family settings. When Labour Government came in force they made a clear policy to break the divide between mainstream schools and special needs schools. ...read more.

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A good school shows no tolerance to any form of bullying which all leads to promoting the child's quality of life; a school which does not aim to work with other members of staff and parents fails to promote the best interest of the child and can create barriers to their quality of life. When discussing the education system and children with special needs it is clear to see that the teachers, government and parents all play vital roles in making a difference to the children's lives. Primary education undoubtly plays a vital role when shaping the lives of children with special needs and their families. It is therefore necessary for all of those involved to do their best to promote the individual needs of the child. This can be done in various ways. Inclusive education and Educare are both approaches which aim to provide the best education and care to children and their families meeting the child's needs in a holistic way. WORD COUNT - 1996 REFRENCES K204 Course Team (2001) Working with Children and Families, Topic 10 K204 Course Team (2001) Working with Children and Families, Topic 11 K204 Course Team (2001) Working with Children and Families. Topic 12 ?? ?? ?? ?? Shyrl Smith P.I - X1555880 Course - K204 Assignment No. T.M.A 04 Option One 1 ...read more.

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