Date
21 January 2019
Curriculum accessibility

Curriculum accessibility

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

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There are also specific sections on supporting reading and writing, and differentiated instruction.

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 to 8 students

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

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Four 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.

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Students at Albany Senior High School describe what works for them in their learning environment.

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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.

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Utilise differentiation and adaption approaches

Explore useful strategies that can be used across the curriculum.

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

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Key resources

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

Read time: 288 min

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.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Everyone's In: An inclusive planning tool

A tool designed to assist with developing a classroom curriculum that works for all students, from the outset.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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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: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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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.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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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.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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