Chris Barnes, our Inclusive Education Officer, quizzes a panel of experts about 'Inclusive Education' - i.e., Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) being educated alongside ‘neuro-typical’ children and young people.

Chris asks questions submitted by parents:

  • What is an inclusive education?
  • What is reasonable to expect from your child's school?
  • How can my child be included if they can't write/read/speak/play/cope?
  • How can parents practically support the active inclusion of their child?
  • How can transitions go smoothly for all involved?
  • What is the role of 'special schools' in an inclusive education system?

Our panellists include:

Chris Barnes – Inclusive Education Officer, DSi

Emma Pinnock – SEND Consultant, Director, Essential Education Group Ltd

Paul Rose, FRSA – Founder & Managing Director, YouTeachMe Ltd, former head teacher

Sharon Smith – PhD Researcher & advocate

Dr Artemi Sakellariadis – Director, Centre for Study on Inclusive Education

Gillian Bird – Services Director, The Down’s Syndrome Association

Jon Hunt – Principal, mainstream secondary school

If you are a parent and you would like to have your say, please contact Chris by email at [email protected] 

You may also enjoy our webinar for Teachers:

Inclusive Education webinar for teachers

This webinar is part of our campaign for Inclusive Education.

DSi is working with our global member organisations to advocate for long term systems change towards full inclusion.

We are running a pilot campaign in the United Kingdom and aim to use the processes, resources and materials developed to have a positive impact on other education systems around the world.

You can learn more about the campaign here: