Inclusive schools offer benefits for students with disabilities, but they also create an environment in which all students flourish. Here are some of the ways in which the practices of inclusive schools address the learning needs of all students.
Differentiated instruction increases student engagement. Differentiated instruction is based on the principle that all children learn differently. This means that there should be a variety of methods available for both teaching and assessment. Methods can incorporate a range of modalities, including visual, auditory, kinesthetic and so on.
Academic supports help each student access the full curriculum. All students should have a range of supports available to them, for example, flexible pacing and grouping, reading and literary specialists and tutors. This range accommodates those students who need additional help as well as those who would benefit from a more challenging environment.
Behavioural supports help maintain a positive learning environment for everyone. Behavioural supports help create a better educational environment. They also help to establish high expectations throughout the school community.
Respect for diversity creates a welcoming environment for all. Making sure all students are included helps to create an open and honest discussion about difference and fosters an institutional respect for people of all backgrounds and abilities. In such an environment, all students and their families are valued.
Inclusive practices make effective use of a school’s resources. In a setting where all students learn together, there is a reduction in duplication of services and resources that are costly for schools.
To read more about the benefits of inclusive education for all students, visit the Inclusive Schools website here.
You can also read the report, Improving Education: The Promise of Inclusive Schooling, here.