In 2005, Education Queensland released its ‘Inclusive Education Statement‘, encouraging schools to be supportive and engaging for all students, creating learning environments that celebrate and respond to diversity, and building respectful relationships between learners, teachers and caregivers.
Additional Education Queensland Inclusive Education policies can be found on this website, which covers students with diverse learning needs, gifted and talented students, students with disabilities, students with English as an additional language or dialect, Religious diversity, supporting students with specialised health needs and pregnant and parenting students.
Education Adjustments is an Education Queensland website that outlines what education adjustments are as well as how they can be implemented. It contains links to more specialised information about specific conditions that may require adjustments for students, as well as resources that can be used as a guide for planning and implementing adjustments.
Click here to access this resource.
A fantastic quote reminding us that not everyone is ‘smart’ in the same way, and the need to cater for all different types of ‘smart’.
“It’s not how smart you are that matters, what really counts is how you are smart.”
~ Howard Gardner
In 2009, UNESCO published their Policy Guidelines on Inclusive Education, providing this definition of inclusive education:
Inclusive education is a process that involves the transformation of schools and other centres of learning to cater for all children – including boys and girls, students from ethnic and linguistic minorities, rural populations, those affected by HIV and AIDS, and those with disabilities and difficulties in learning and to provide learning opportunities for all youth and adults as well. Its aim is to eliminate exclusion that is a consequence of negative attitudes and a lack of response to diversity in race, economic status, social class, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation and ability. Education takes place in many contexts, both formal and non-formal, and within families and the wider community. Consequently, inclusive education is not a marginal issue but is central to the achievement of high quality education for all learners and the development of more inclusive societies. Inclusive education is essential to achieve social equity and is a constituent element of lifelong learning.
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This website is a collection of videos and documents to make classrooms more inclusive and to increase retention for historically under-represented students. It is curated by the Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities (CAITLAH).
UN: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 24 – Education
1. States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to education. With a view to realizing this right without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity, States Parties shall ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning directed to:
- The full development of human potential and sense of dignity and self-worth, and the strengthening of respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and human diversity;
- The development by persons with disabilities of their personality, talents and creativity, as well as their mental and physical abilities, to their fullest potential;
- Enabling persons with disabilities to participate effectively in a free society.
To read the entire article, visit this link: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=284