SEN World has the privilege today of visiting one of the first schools on record to provide education for some of the most vulnerable children in the UK. The Ragged School in London’s East End.
As a potted history in SEND we are often taught the movement towards providing inclusive education was not until 1950, however it was in 1893 local authorities were made responsible for educating children who were blind or deaf.
The Education Act of 1918 meant changes that resulted in it being unlawful for children with disabilities not to be educated.
The Ragged Schoool was started by Dr Barbados at the turn of the century 20 years before legislation reflected the rights of children with special needs.