Date
24 July 2024
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Curriculum accessibility

Strategies to help teachers create environments where barriers to learning are minimised.

Understanding curriculum accessibility

Key concepts and terms relating to curriculum accessibility.

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Identify options and supports to reduce barriers to learning, enabling ākonga to access learning in ways that work more effectively for them.

Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Strategies for action

Four key strategies for creating a more flexible environment that supports all learners.

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Reduce barriers for year 1-8 students

Consider how your classroom feels and works for your students. Ask them for ideas and feedback.

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Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Reduce barriers for year 9-13 students

Consider how your classroom feels and works for your students. Ask them for ideas and feedback.

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/752789776

Students talk about their understanding of how flexible options can cater for people who learn differently.

Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Support reading and writing

Design learning tasks and experiences based on your knowledge of students as learners and on evidence of their strengths and learning needs.

Effective teachers actively involve students in their own learning and assessment, make learning outcomes transparent to students, offer specific, constructive and regular feedback, and ensure that assessment practices impact positively on students' motivation.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Utilise differentiation and adaption approaches

Explore useful strategies that can be used across the curriculum.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/mVRYSC8YyYA

Every student is unique and deserves instruction beyond one-size-fits-all.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Use hybrid learning approaches

Hybrid learning is an educational approach in which schools provide remote and onsite learning at the same time, using a range of technologies and approaches, including paper-based learning.

Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

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Quality teaching for diverse students in schooling: Best evidence synthesis iteration (BES)

This BES is intended to contribute to the development of an evidence-base for policy and practice in schooling. It covers quality teaching, pedagogical practices and creating effective links between schools and other cultural contexts in which students are socialised, to facilitate learning.

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Assessment for learning

Lading local curriculum guide series on using the right tools and resources to notice and respond to progress across the curriculum.

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Curriculum models – Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu

Read time: 7 min

Information for schools on selecting a curriculum model which works for their gifted and talented students.

Publisher: Gifted Learners

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Teacher actions that promote student learning

Suggested actions for teachers with accompanying questions to promote discussion and reflection on how to create an environment that supports the learning of all students.

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Inclusion in practice

Examples illustrating how teachers supported all the students in their class to fully engage across the New Zealand Curriculum learning. Each example uses the Teaching as Inquiry model to demonstrate effective strategies.

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