Inclusion is a concept that is often misrepresented and can be confusing, especially in the context of education. Learn about Inclusive Education, and browse our collection of resources.
What does it mean to be included in school?
Inclusive education happens when all kids are physically present and participating:
- in the same classroom
- in the same playground and
- at the same time as all kids in the school community.
Inclusive education happens when students with disability are studying the same topic at the same curriculum level alongside their same-aged peers.
Inclusive education happens when work is modified to enable the student to access, contribute to and participate in learning.
Inclusive education happens when all kids are socially connected and are using the same social environments at the same time.
Sometimes it can be easier to identify when a school is not investing in inclusion
What Inclusive Education Is Not
- Inclusive education is not conditional. Students do not have to ‘keep up’ to gain enrolment
- Inclusive education is not an island in the room seated with a teacher’s aide
- Inclusive education is not a learning support unit/room within the school
- Inclusive education is not experienced when students are pulled out for one-on-one sessions
- Inclusive education is not when a student with disability is working on different grade-level work.
What Is Required for Inclusion at School?
An environment promoting inclusive education to flourish for all requires:
- Welcomed enrolment
- Growth mindsets
- Genuine partnering with families and students
- High expectations of academic and social participation
- Strength-based approach
- Creativity and motivation
- Good communication
- A clear vision for the future where all kids grow up together to reflect the true nature of our society
Inclusive Education is often complex, but not so complicated to be out of reach.
Essential Resources About Inclusive Education
We've identified these resources as essential reading on this topic. We strongly recommend that you look at these before you browse the resources below.
Bringing Down The Fence
Learn how a high school successfully disbanded its Special Education ProgramBringing Down The Fence.Learn more
The Power of Peers
Despite having significant support needs, Ayla is part of everything in her school community.The Power of Peers.Learn more
Right of the Child to Inclusive Education
Catia Malaquias discusses the flawed narrative of parental choiceRight of the Child to Inclusive Education.Learn more
Resources About Inclusive Education
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Planning For Personalised Learning
Loren Swancutt discusses the importance of a well-thought-out Individual Learning Plan.Planning For Personalised Learning.Learn more
Riding the Rapids from Kindy to Year 12
A family’s experience as their daughter travelled from Kindy to Year 12 at her local schools.Riding the Rapids from Kindy to Year 12.Learn more
Students as Communication Partners
Explores a method to ensure all students learn togetherStudents as Communication Partners.Learn more
Transitions from Primary School
Tips and ideas for facilitating the transition from primary to high schoolTransitions from Primary School.Learn more
Tips for Families from Families
Six parents to share their top tips about inclusion in mainstream primary schoolTips for Families from Families.Learn more
Inclusive Education for All
Bruce Uditsky and Anne Hughson discuss the societal good of inclusive educationInclusive Education for All.Learn more
Inclusive Education: The Pathway to Unlocking Potential
The power of authentic inclusive educationInclusive Education: The Pathway to Unlocking Potential.Learn more
Why We Chose Inclusive Education
Why a family moved their daughter from a segregated setting to a mainstream schoolWhy We Chose Inclusive Education.Learn more