Date
12 May 2021
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Leading schools that include all learners
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Strategies to ensure all students are supported to engage, participate, and achieve in ways that honour and value diversity.

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Understanding inclusive practices

Key concepts, terms, and Government priorities relating to inclusion.

Summary of important concepts:

Strategies for action

Three key strategies for developing an inclusive school where all students are supported and diversity is valued

Leading with moral purpose

All educational leaders, including middle and senior leaders, are responsible for leading a school that that values the presence, participation and achievement of every learner.

Six suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Model the use of inclusive language

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Have high expectations for all learners

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Partner with whānau

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  5. Partner with external agencies

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  6. Meeting students' learning support needs

    Includes:

    • Resources

Strategically resourcing for inclusive practices

Principals, with the support of effective boards of trustees, coordinate time, money, people and actions to maximise the effectiveness of school-wide inclusive practices, including harnessing expertise in the community.

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These guidelines are a valuable resource for boards on how to show moral leadership and build an inclusive school with confidence.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Leading learning to support inclusive practices

How do we lead learning in inclusive practices “where everybody’s in and not excluded intentionally, by design, or unintentionally?” (Edgar Schmidt).

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/aTXtT05782Y

Edgar Schmidt discusses how to create a school district where everybody’s deliberately included.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

Success for All Every school Every child

Success for All – Every school, Every child

Read time: 9 min

This strategy has been developed to support the vision of a fully inclusive education system.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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What an inclusive school looks like

Read time: 5 min

This information sheet describes what an inclusive school looks like and feels like. Use it to help reflect upon and review the inclusive values, policies, and practices in your school.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Implementing an inclusive curriculum

Implementing an inclusive curriculum

From the NZ Curriculum Online resource: Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Index for Inclusion Network: Developing a framework of values

The framework of values approach is a process to spur communities from identifying shared values to action. The ideas and processes can be used as whole-school initiatives or by individual teachers, managers, and boards of trustees. This tool is part of the UK's Index for Inclusion.

Publisher: Index for Inclusion Network

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Responding to neurodiversity in the education context: An integrative literature review

This report presents findings of an integrative literature review designed as one response to Priority 4: Flexible supports for neurodiverse children and young people, articulated in the New Zealand Learning Support Action Plan 2019 – 2025. The review explored research and other resources to identify new or innovative strategies or approaches to neurodiversity with the potential to be implemented in primary and secondary school contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Publisher: Donald Beasley Institute

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