“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

Below you will find examples of quality, inclusive practices from Australian schools.

Flexible Learning Environments:

A primary school is utilising flexible layout and seating design across all of their classrooms from Foundation to Year 6. You will note the deliberate choice not to have enough tables and chairs for each student, instead making use of a variety of different types of furniture and arrangements. Some key pieces include: wobble chairs, whiteboard tables, beanbags, and standing desks. The school engages with works from Dr David Thornburg to inform their design and pedagogy. In addition, the school is fitted with sound amplification devices in each classroom, and 1:1 technology devices are provided to enhance learning.

Primary School, Townsville, Queensland

Multi-modal Communication Supports:

A prep teacher commences her day by engaging students in rotational activities that support their development of oral language, interaction, literacy and numeracy. Her students are diverse and include those who are English language learners (from refugee backgrounds), Indigenous, and have disability (including one student with Autism who is starting to utilise Augmentative and Alternative Communication). The teacher engages in regular collaboration with the school’s allocated Speech Language Pathologist to incorporate universal multi-modal communication supports into the rotational activities. In addition to the Aided Language Stimulation boards pictures, Key Word Sign and PODD are also used.

Primary School, Townsville, Queensland

Using Braille in Inclusive Lesson Delivery:

A high school produces written material in Braille format to support a student with a visual impairment. Support staff collaborate with teachers to design or reformat materials that are then fed through a Braille machine. This ensures that materials are aligned directly to the students classroom curriculum and learning experiences. The student is also provided with additional support for homework, and receives tuition to further develop his Braille skills. The student participates in all educational experiences alongside his peers, including sports, playing musical instruments in the band, and presenting readings during whole-school mass.

High School, Melbourne, Victoria

*The school has sort permission for the student to be pictured

Collaborative Curriculum Design:

This high school engages in collaborative unit analysis and curriculum alignment across all grade levels and learning areas. Curriculum teams meet before the commencement of each unit of study to align curriculum content, gain curriculum clarity, analyse accessibility barriers and identify supports, and plan for quality differentiated teaching and assessment. During this particular collaboration, the school’s Speech Language Pathologist was also present to inform universal considerations around communication and literacy.

High School, Townsville, North Queensland

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