Inclusive Education for students with disability

The overwhelming majority of students with disability in NSW attend their local public school. The department has developed the Inclusive Education Policy for students with disability to strengthen our commitment to building an inclusive education system in which every student has the opportunity to access high-quality education and is learning to their fullest capability.

Why is there a new policy?

All students with disability have the right to access and participate in education in NSW public schools.

There are many excellent examples of inclusive practice in our schools.

We also know there is more we can do to share this good practice, provide more support for schools, and promote consistency of practice across all NSW public schools. The new Inclusive Education Policy for students with disability and associated practice resources have been designed to do just this.

Introducing Inclusive Education for students with disability

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The NSW Department of Education has introduced a range of new policies and additional supports to ensure all public school students reach their full potential.

We want every student in NSW public schools to be known, valued and cared for in all parts of school life. 

Our schools play a critical role in meeting the learning and wellbeing needs of all students.

Our schools reflect our diverse communities. Around 1 in 5 students has a disability.


A growing number of students have additional learning and support needs or display behaviours of concern that require personalised support.

Families, students and schools have told us there is more we can do to ensure every student is engaged, challenged and included.

We’ve heard from school staff that they are committed to providing the best support possible for all students.

We are bringing together resources and guidance for schools to ensure every student is engaged and learning.

We will work with schools so they are well prepared to support changes.

Parents, carers and the broader school community can access resources and further information.

More information on the changes and supports is available on our website.

Policy and procedures

You can view the following documents via the policy library:

Find out more

For more information, please visit our Frequently asked questions page.

The Department also has an Inclusive Practice hub with evidence-based resources for classroom teachers and school leaders on supporting students with disability and additional needs.

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