Inclusive school

Inclusive school is a research-based measure from the Tell Them From Me surveys. It is a source of evidence linked to What Works Best and the School Excellence Framework.

What is it?

An inclusive school is one in which all students have equal access to opportunities. This includes modifying teaching and learning opportunities to meet the needs of individual students, encouraging student participation in school activities and building a culture of acceptance and positive relationships.

The Tell Them From Me surveys ask parents about the extent to which they believe that school practices support student inclusion. The results are reported as parents' average score for inclusion at school.

Why is it important?

Students attending schools with inclusive practices have better academic and social outcomes. Inclusive education challenges teachers to incorporate a variety of strategies to meet diverse learning needs which, in turn, benefits all students. Building a culture of tolerance and understanding also helps students and teachers to understand and value individual differences.

School improvement links

School Excellence Framework element What works best theme
Wellbeing Wellbeing

Evidence base

Boyle, C., Scriven, B., Durning, S., & Downes, C. (2011). Facilitating the learning of all students: The ‘professional positive’ of inclusive practice in Australian primary schools. Support for Learning, 26(2), 72-78.

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Simon, B. S., Salinas, K. C., Jansorn, N. R., & Van Voorhis, F. L. (2002). School, family, and community partnerships: Your handbook for action (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Katz, J., Porath, M., Bendu, C., & Epp, B. (2012). Diverse voices: Middle years students’ insights into life in inclusive classrooms. Exceptionality Education International, 22(1), 2-16.

Loreman, T. (2014). Measuring inclusive education outcomes in Alberta, Canada. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(5), 459-483.

Sharma, U., Forlin, C., Loreman, T., & Earle, C. (2006). Pre-service teachers' attitudes, concerns and sentiments about inclusive education: An international comparison of novice pre-service teachers. International Journal of Special Education, 21(2), 80-93.

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  • Student engagement and wellbeing
  • Tell Them From Me

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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