1st Edition

Inclusion: A Principled Guide for School Leaders

By Nicola Crossley, Des Hewitt Copyright 2021
    150 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    150 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This valuable and accessible guide navigates school leaders and those in training through a number of key areas of inclusion, providing context and understanding, helpful definitions, examples of leadership in action, and ten essential principles of inclusive leadership. 

    Inclusion: A Principled Guide for School Leaders discusses what a culture of inclusion should look like: in classes, in schools, and in the education sector more widely. Each chapter acts as a think piece to stimulate debate, to reflect upon the purpose of education, and to ask how far we have come in embracing inclusion. The book also offers suggested actions for principled leaders and illustrative case studies to bring the theory to life, taken from a range of schools and spanning a wide number of topics, including: 

    • Inclusive Learning
    • Partnerships with Learners and Families
    • Special Educational Needs
    • Disadvantage and Socio-Economic Poverty
    • Culture, Language and Ethnicity


    This book explores a variety of issues in inclusion, highlighting the implications for school leaders and offering an approach to develop learning for marginal groups through effective strategic leadership. It will be essential reading for SENCOs, middle and senior leaders, but equally of interest to those who aspire to be inclusive leaders of the future.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Inclusion and Inclusive Values

    Chapter 3: Inclusive Leaders in Schools

    Chapter 4: Leadership and Management for the Inclusion of all Learners

    Chapter 5: Inclusive Learning and Teaching

    Chapter 6: Inclusive Partnerships: Learners, Parents and Families

    Chapter 7: Inclusion and SEND

    Chapter 8: Inclusion and Socio-Economic Disadvantage

    Chapter 9: Inclusion: Culture, Language and Ethnicity

    Chapter 10: Inclusion and the More Able

    Chapter 11: The Way Forward – Principle-Directed Leadership for Inclusion


    Nicola Crossley is Director of Inclusion at Astrea Multi-Academy Trust, Sheffield, UK. She is also a council member and the SEN Representative for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

    Des Hewitt is Head of Primary and Early Years Teacher Education in the Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick, UK.

    "This book is a must read for all school leaders, regardless of role, precisely because the inclusive approach taken means it is written with the needs of all in mind but also for the collective responsibility approach that is promoted. It effectively bridges theory and practice and brings important research evidence into the discussion in an accessible and actionable way."

    Professor Samantha Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education

    "Timely, astute and honest this book comes at a time when expectations of inclusion and its proponents have never been greater or more diverse. As leading thinkers of inclusion, Crossley and Hewitt have captured the temperature of inclusion across our education system and beyond. The book provides an overview of the roots, development and  practice of inclusion which will inspire teachers, leaders and families of pupils who are most in need of being included."

    Chris Rossiter, CEO of the Driver Youth Trust

    "This important new book draws on a rich basis of knowledge and research to deliver actionable guidance for the busy education professional. Bridging the divide between theory and practice, this book provides a much needed framework to support the needs of all children, not by seeking to treat them the same way but by recognising and actively accommodating difference. This is a must read for those who aspire to deliver greater inclusion in schools."

    Fiona Spellman, CEO of SHINE: Support and Help IN Education