ISEC 2005

Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress
International Special Education Conference
Inclusion: Celebrating Diversity?

1st - 4th August 2005. Glasgow, Scotland

about the conference

HMIE: supporting inclusion - improving Scottish education

Morag Gunion, Lead Inspector (additional support needs)
HM Inspectorate of Education
Europa Building
450 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8LG, Scotland


The core business of HMIE is inspecting, evaluating and reporting on all aspects of educational provision in Scotland. HMIE is committed to working with schools and other centres to improve educational provision for all.  

HMIE is committed to inclusion for all and has provided a number of useful reports and self-evaluation guides for schools and local authorities to use to evaluate their provision. In December 2002, HMIE published ‘Count Us In’. This report identified important messages for practice in the context of recent legislative, policy and educational developments in Scottish education. It was the first in a series of HMIE contributions on this important subject. Since the publication of ‘Count Us In’, HMIE has published four self-evaluation guides on inclusion. The first of these provided schools, officers in local authorities and carers with the tools to evaluate the quality of educational experiences they provided for children looked after by their local authority. The second guide focused on how schools and local authorities could evaluate the quality of experiences and achievements of pupils with additional support needs in mainstream schools. The third provided guidance on evaluating the quality of the schools’ approaches to tackling racism and promoting race equality. The fourth, which was published earlier this year, dealt with the educational issues of interupted education which surround the children of Gypries and Travellers.

In addition, HMIE work with other inspection bodies, including the Care Commission to inspect provision in residential special schools. In February 2005 we published the first national review of school care accommodation services inspected jointly by the Care Commission and HMIE. This document will assist care and education providers to improve aspects of provision.

During the symposium members of HMIE who have been directly involved in producing these reports and self-evaluation tools will discuss how inspection and self-evaluation can be used to promote a climate of inclusion. The presentation will focus directly on HMIE publications on inclusion as outlined above.


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