Date
21 July 2019

Provide staff with professional development to support their discussions about inclusion

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Modelling a commitment to inclusion’

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Address concerns

Address concerns

Some parents may feel that having students with diverse learning needs in the classroom may adversely impact on teaching and learning.

Mediate these issues by addressing misconceptions.

Consider parent perspectives

Consider parent perspectives

Parents of children needing additional support found that some schools were not open to working with them, and they felt that they were unwelcome.

They struggled with entrenched attitudes of some school staff to their child and his or her learning or behavioural needs.

For some parents, labelling their child and themselves, sometimes linked to previous family history with the school, undermined the development of constructive relationships.

Source: Partners in learning: Parents' voices (September 2008) (opens in a new tab/window)

Support school-wide inclusive practices

Support school-wide inclusive practices

Invest in building teachers’ skills, expertise, and confidence.
  • Take time to listen to teachers' needs and concerns.
  • Support reflective processes such as teaching as inquiry and support teacher learning about inclusive practices
  • Link teachers to experienced professionals beyond the school to develop knowledge and understanding.
  • Support parent/teacher connections – they are the experts about their child.
  • Connect teachers with other teachers who have experience in inclusive practices and talking about inclusion.
  • Cluster with other schools for training and development.
  • Support collective responsibility for students in your school.
  • Support your teachers openly sharing classroom practices, learning from each other, and problem-solving together.

Talk about the benefits of diversity

Talk about the benefits of diversity

Mark Spooner shares that being exposed to difference develops empathy for others.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Ruia: School-whānau partnerships for Māori learners’ success

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Education for All

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Success for All Every school Every child

Success for All – Every school, Every child

Read time: 9 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Model a commitment to inclusion”:

Return to the guide “​Partnering with parents, whānau, and communities ”

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