New­found­land re­port calls for over­haul of pol­icy of in­clu­sion in the class­room

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - An ex­pert panel is telling the New­found­land and Labrador gov­ern­ment to scrap its ex­ist­ing pol­icy on class­room in­clu­sion.

The four-mem­ber task force, which con­ducted a review of the prov­ince’s K-12 education sys­tem, says the De­part­ment of Education should re­scind the 1996 pol­icy and de­velop a new ap­proach to­ward deal­ing with stu­dents with spe­cial needs. Among other things, their re­port calls for us­ing some­thing called “small group in­struc­tion,” both in and out of the reg­u­lar class­room.

As well, it says in­di­vid­ual pro­gram plans should be used to en­sure all chil­dren are in school for a full day, pre­vent­ing kids with spe­cial needs from be­ing sent home. There are also calls for cre­at­ing an early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­ter­ven­tion sys­tem for stu­dents with chal­lenges, and pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional learn­ing on a new spe­cial education pol­icy.

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