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This section draws together research, digital resources, and examples to support schools as they consider the inclusion principle.

School examples

These stories provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using to enact the inclusion principle. 




Primary stories

Smooth transitions for students with special education needs
Students with special education needs experience positive transitions at the Mt Roskill campus thanks to the collaboration and close relationships between teachers, support staff, therapists, and parents.

Meeting the needs of all students
Kate Friedwald explains how she plans for inclusion of all students in her classroom learning programme. Teaching is based on students' specific needs and learning activities are differentiated and personalised for each learner.

Valuing what students and families bring to learning
Linda Ojala from Silverstream School explains the importance of knowing your learner and building on their interests, strengths, and home experiences in the classroom.

No exceptions, no problem!
Making a small change to a game can mean a big difference to ensuring all students can participate. Halberg Disability Sport Foundation No Exceptions Training programme has made a difference at Papatoetoe South Primary School by fostering the confidence to include all students in physical education. 

Student at Johnsonville School.

Johnsonville School – Capturing learning for students with special education needs
Learning stories enable teachers at Johnsonville School’s special education unit to show their students are making progress, no matter how small the steps. 

Student at Redwood School.

Redwood School – A collaborative approach  
A collaborative approach between classroom teachers, parents, the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), senior management, and outside agencies has proven successful in determining appropriate ways to meet the needs of learning support students.

Secondary stories

Lindisfarne College
The development of the Gifted and Talented programme at Lindisfarne College is explained in this story. This includes working with students, engaging with parents and whānau, and reviewing practice.

Developing inclusive practice at Onslow College 
John Robinson, HoD Learning Support at Onslow College, reflects on how inclusive practice is developing across the school. 

Classroom environments for students with ASD
Julie Russell, a teacher’s Aide at Onslow College, describes how the classroom environment can support students with ASD.

Classroom approaches – Dyslexia
Sandra Gillies, literacy Coordinator at Onslow College, explains the classroom approaches that best support students with dyslexia.

Students at Wellington Girls' College.

Wellington Girls' College – Learning support 
Learning support teachers at Wellington Girls' College explain how they are integrating the key competencies into their programme, with very pleasing results.

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Inclusive education: Guides for schools 
This website provides strategies, suggestions, and examples of how to include students with diverse learning needs. 

Affirming cultures, identities, and languages

The rise of high school feminism
This article from Stuff introduces the Western Springs College Young Feminists group. These students explain why they are championing feminism and discussing gender issues within their school.

A student’s perspective of inclusive education
Student Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau, both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school, has encouraged success with her learning goals.

Engaging Pasifika families – Owairaka School builds a fale
Staff at Owairaka School went on a professional development trip to Samoa to help them to understand the culture of their Samoan students. This story tells how the community subsequently worked together to bring an element of Samoan culture to the school in the construction of a traditional fale.

Culturally responsive values
Brian Price, principal at Breens Intermediate, explains how the school made their values more culturally responsive so that they could be owned by all students.

Using family stories in learning about cultural identity and cultural transmission
This case study describes how a teacher began to wonder if there was something in the cultural context of her classroom that was preventing her Māori and Pasifika students from participating. She explored ways to use Māori and Pasifika students’ experiences, knowledge, and culture to enhance learning.

Know me before you teach me
In this story from the Education Gazette, Principal Bruce Jepsen talks about the approach his learning community took when academic intervention alone proved inadequate.

Find more stories

The following links are to guides on the Inclusive Education website.

Using digital technologies to create an accessible curriculum

Using digital technologies for all learners
Linda Ojala from Silverstream School explains how digital technologies can remove barriers to learning and give choice to students.

Using digital tools to teach maths
Linda Ojala from Silverstream School explains how she uses digital technologies in mathematics to enhance teaching and learning.

1:1 Netbooks – Allowing excellence in the classroom
Using a netbook gives a Year 6 student with dyspraxia the freedom to write creatively instead of being inhibited by the speed of his handwriting or his ability to form letters.

An inclusive learning environment supported by technology
Renée Patete uses braille to read and write. In this video Renee describes the difference technology makes to her learning by providing access to the curriculum and enabling ease of communication.

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Updated on: 23 Jun 2015