Fifty-two Lead inclusion Schools across England were appointed to deliver on three core Inclusion 2020 activities: Continued Professional Development (CPD), Active 3030 and Learning & Discovery Days. In addition to the core activities Inclusion 2020 included two innovation projects Inclusive Swimming and My Personal Best (My PB).
Loughborough University were commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust to undertake an independent evaluation of Inclusion 2020 over the 15-month duration. The evaluation aims were to assess the outcomes arising from Inclusion 2020 activities and to utilise the evidence to develop recommendations for the future development of the Lead Inclusion School network.
Impact and significance of Inclusion 2020
The demand for of Inclusion 2020 was highlighted by interviewees from Lead Inclusion Schools because many schools still need considerable support in delivering inclusive PE and School Sport due to:
- The range of disabilities and needs being so wide and varied.
- Accessing and engaging children with SEND from mainstream schools continues to be challenging
- There is a lack of teacher skills and confidence in undertaking inclusive PE in mainstream schools due to lack of teacher training, despite teachers being willing.