The Department of Education has released an Inclusive Education Statement for students with disability to further its commitment to improving learning and wellbeing for students with disability.
The statement marks the next stage of the Department’s ongoing Disability Strategy work to further embed inclusive practice for students with disability in NSW public schools.
We are committed to making inclusive education real for all our students with disability in our mainstream schools and their support classes, and schools for specific purposes.
This builds on the commitment to inclusion set out in the Strategy and developed together with educators and families. Inclusive education in NSW is defined as “all students, regardless of disability, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation or faith, can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Inclusion is embedded in all aspects of school life, and is supported by culture, policies and everyday practices”.
Principles of inclusive practice
The Inclusive Education statement sets out principles of inclusive practice to guide how schools continue improving practice.
- Student agency and self-determination
- Parent and carer inclusion
- Social and cultural Inclusion
- Curriculum inclusion
- Workforce capability for inclusion
- System inclusion
We have seen many excellent examples of inclusive practice in NSW schools.
We want to build on this and share effective practice across our schools.
We want to ensure our teachers have the right skills and confidence to ensure students are and learning to their fullest potential.
We are currently working to build evidence on what supports students with disability to achieve the best learning outcomes. This is because there is currently a lack of clear evidence about the effectiveness of different approaches. We have commissioned an independent review of the evidence as part of this.
We will listen and work with students, parents and educators to develop a policy and practice resources to support this.