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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 12

Chris Raine’s progress

An achievement to be proud of

Alyson Clare

In this chapter Alyson Clare describes the progress made by Chris Raine, a pupil at the small rural primary school of which she is head teacher. Chris is a child with Down’s syndrome and despite the misgivings of some within the local education authority, but with the ready support of his community, he began school in a nearby village rather than the special school over twenty miles away. Alyson recorded the way professionals and pupils combined forces to provide Chris with an education.

1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

In September 1987 we at Ravenstonedale School admitted seven reception children. One of them, Chris Raine, had Down’s syndrome. Despite the wishes of ...

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