The 2014 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Old ideology into new policy contexts?

Hodkinson, Alan and Burch, Leah (2017) The 2014 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Old ideology into new policy contexts? Journal of Education Policy. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1464-5106 (Online)

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Abstract

This article reveals the Foucauldian docile body manufactured within the Department for Education’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 (SEND CoP) (DfE, 2014) through employment of a theoretical lens of embodiment and an analytical focus on only three words. In problematizing the concepts of support, employment and independence, we seek to upend this docile body juxtaposing such against the active ‘non-productive’ disabled body. We conclude that the Code is riven with ideological assumptions which act as a constraint to the location, form and function of the body. Everybody’s body is sorted and graded according to its ability to fulfil a Conservative work ethic and contribute positively to a society in which bodies are not equally valued. The authors suggest that critical discourse analysis, informed by the outlined conceptualisation of embodiment, could be usefully applied in the critiquing of many policy and guidance documents.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Educational Policy [6th December 2017], available online:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02680939.2017.1412501."
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Alan Hodkinson
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 11:30
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2018 14:26
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2275

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