Inclusive Teaching and Learning

The biggest mistake of past centuries in teaching has been to treat all students as if they were variants of the same individual and thus to feel justified in teaching them all the same subjects the same way – Howard Gardner Designing equitable learning experiences that acknowledge and value the contributions and outcomes of all studentsContinue reading Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Part 1: Personalised Planning

The purpose, development, title and importance of personalised planning differs across educational systems and sectors right around the nation. Some refer to the products as Individual Education Plans, others Individual Support Plans. In Queensland, for example, personalised planning is broken into a variety of sub-plans that fulfil different decisions, such as: Personalised Learning entries, SupportContinue reading Part 1: Personalised Planning

Modified Curriculum: Re-considering the necessity

For a variety of reasons, students may experience functional impacts that affect their ability to progress through curriculum complexities and amounts at the same rate as their peers. If such impacts are not adequately supported through the application of quality, differentiated teaching and learning, Universal Design for Learning and adjustments; than students may access modifiedContinue reading Modified Curriculum: Re-considering the necessity

What is the recipe for inclusive schooling success?

What is the recipe for inclusive schooling success? A simple question with a complex answer. In fact, the answer is often illusive. Many schools struggle to not only find and gather the extensive list of ingredients, but to then also effectively combine and mix them in a manner which results in something palatable and lasting.Continue reading What is the recipe for inclusive schooling success?

Influencing From the Bottom-Up

The most common question I am asked is: Can school-level change occur in a context that lacks leadership support? The short answer is yes!…However, the realisation is unfortunately not that simple. Contrary to popular belief, significant and sustainable culture change does not occur from one grand gesture or idea. There are no magic wands, noContinue reading Influencing From the Bottom-Up

Thuringowa State High School – Committed to Every Student Succeeding

A vignette highlighting the inclusive schooling practices at Thuringowa State High School is now featured on the ‘Every Student with Disability Succeeding’ website by The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training). The vignette features the Principal, Grant Dale; and Head of Special Education Services (now known locally as Head of Inclusive Schooling), LorenContinue reading Thuringowa State High School – Committed to Every Student Succeeding

The Australian Curriculum – A curriculum for ALL

The principles of inclusive schooling recognise that every individual has the capacity to learn, and that all learners should have access to a quality, rigorous curriculum that promotes both high-expectations and equity. However, curriculum access is often a component of schooling that is identified as being of significant barrier to the realisation of inclusion forContinue reading The Australian Curriculum – A curriculum for ALL

The Human Right to an Inclusive Education

The obligation to ensure an inclusive education system is a recognised obligation of the Australian government under international human rights law.  Notably, Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which provides for this obligation in Article 24 (Inclusive Education). *Click here to read this resource in full onContinue reading The Human Right to an Inclusive Education