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What is inclusive education?

Inclusive education means all children are included in every way, not just in theory.  Inclusive education involves the full inclusion of all children. No children are segregated.

Supports for inclusion are part of everyday practice. If aides are employed, they circulate around the classroom, or spend time assisting the teacher and making adaptations to materials, rather than being off in a corner with one particular child.

Inclusion IS:

  • all students included in the general education classroom all day, every day;
  • all students working in naturally supportive, flexible structures and groupings with other students regardless of individual ability;
  • all students presumed competent;
  • students are supported (where needed, such as through curriculum adaptations and differentiated teaching) to access the core curriculum; and
  • all students known and valued as full members of the school community, developing meaningful social relationships with peers and able to participate in all aspects of the life of the school.

Further information on Inclusive Education can be found at:

All Means All

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) – Article 24: Right to inclusive education

Inclusive Education – Understanding Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities