1st Edition

Cultural Inclusion for Young People with SEND Practical Strategies for Meaningful Inclusion in Arts and Culture

By Paul Morrow Copyright 2023
    156 Pages 30 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 30 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 30 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practical book offers a multifaceted view of cultural inclusion from the perspective of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

    It provides a road map for teachers to ensure increased participation in arts and culture for children and young people with SEND, defining a series of characteristics for good practice. Chapters explore spaces as diverse as galleries, museums, theatres and performance venues and include a variety of case studies, highlighting the experiences of young people and the organisations who partner with schools.

    Cultural Inclusion for Young People with SEND offers a compelling call to action and is an essential resource for those who have the power to improve and support the development of future provision for children with SEND.



    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: What does inclusion look like?

    Chapter 3: Shaping a culturally inclusive curriculum

    Chapter 4: Policy and strategy – implications for cultural inclusion – know your rights!

    Chapter 5: Cultural Inclusion; a family’s perspective

    Chapter 6: Producers of Art and Culture: Disabled-focused and disabled-led organisations

    Chapter 7: Cultural inclusion – a historical perspective

    Chapter 8: Anti-ableist pedagogy in Arts and Culture

    Chapter 9: Contemporary art practice and Inclusive art practice

    Chapter 10: Cultural Inclusion; Developing meaningful partnerships between schools and cultural organisations. The West London Inclusive Arts Festival

    Chapter 11: Heritage settings and inclusion; school’s partnerships

    Chapter 12: Relaxed performances and venues

    Chapter 13: Where next in Art, culture, and inclusion?




    Paul Morrow is Lead Practitioner of the Creative Arts at Westminster Special Schools and a practising artist. Paul founded the West London Inclusive Arts Festival, a festival funded by the John Lyon’s Charity involving six special needs schools and six cultural partners. He is also the co-author of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto.

    Ultimately, cultural inclusion is an essential piece of the jigsaw for ensuring that all children and young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Paul has brought the reality of this to life through this book. It’s now time for all of us to play our part in building a culturally rich and more inclusive world.

    Professor Adam Boddison, Visiting Professor of Education, University of Wolverhampton