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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 17

‘Totally impractical!’

Integrating ‘special care’ within a special school

Jenny Corbett

In this chapter Jenny Corbett describes the changes in approach from 1971 to 1991 at a school for children and young people aged 2 to 19 who are categorised as having severe learning difficulties. She worked as head of special care at the school between 1977 and 1982 and draws on the recollections of staff at the school as well as further visits to document the school’s development. She focuses on one particular issue: the suggestion that those pupils classified as in need of ‘special care’ because of their frailty, lack of development or ‘challenging’ behaviour might be integrated with the other pupils. The proposal from the head met with a diverse ...

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