Date
18 September 2019

Identify what makes an inclusive school

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Understanding what inclusive education means’

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Commit to inclusion

Commit to inclusion

Board of Trustee chairperson at Berhampore School talks about their expectation that every child will be included socially and in the learning.

Capture shared aspirations

Capture shared aspirations

The views and aspirations of New Zealand families and educators on what makes an inclusive school.

Identify characteristics

Identify characteristics

The Ministry of Education describes inclusive schools as schools that:
  • welcome all students who are entitled to enrol
  • have strong leaders who lead with moral purpose, communicate and model clear values, and have high expectations for every student
  • have good systems and processes for enrolling ALL students and identifying their diverse learning and wellbeing needs and strengths
  • work effectively with parents, whānau, and their wider communities
  • adapt to the student rather than making the student adapt to the school
  • support the professional development of their teachers
  • have robust processes for identifying and supporting the diverse learning needs and aspirations of Māori and Pasifika students 
  • foster the identity, language, and culture of every student
  • have effective self-review processes to ensure ongoing improvement of policies and practices.

Source: What an inclusive school looks like, Ministry of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

Discuss principles

Discuss principles

Education Review Office (ERO) describes the most inclusive schools as having three key principles.

  1. Ethical standards and leadership that build the school culture.
  2. Well-organised systems, effective teamwork, and constructive relationships that identify and support the inclusion of all students.
  3. Innovative and flexible practices that ensure environments and experiences are inclusively designed and meet the diverse learning needs of all students.

Source: Adapted from Including students with high needs (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Supporting your school to be inclusive

Publisher: Inclusive Education Action Group

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Website

Inclusive education: Video series

Publisher: Government of Alberta

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Website

Including students with high needs (June 2010) – Appendix 4: Self-review questions

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Understand inclusive education”:

Return to the guide “The role of the board of trustees”

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