Date
23 February 2024

Provide leadership for teaching and learning

Provide vision and active oversight of teaching and learning, using inclusive pedagogies for all ākonga.

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Recognise diversity as a strength

Recognise diversity as a strength

Learn about diversity and equity with your students.

“Diversity” needs to be recognised as a strength for a future-oriented learning system, something to be actively fostered, not a weakness that lowers the system’s performance.

Diversity encompasses everyone’s variations and differences, including their cultures and backgrounds.

Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert, with Sue McDowall, Ally Bull, Sally Boyd and Rosemary Hipkins

Promote inclusive teaching practices

Promote inclusive teaching practices

Shelley Moore uses a bowling metaphor to talk about inclusive practices.

Develop an inclusive local curriculum

Develop an inclusive local curriculum

The New Zealand curriculum is non-prescriptive. Its flexibility allows schools to develop their curriculum as they notice, recognise, and respond to the needs of all their learners and their community.

 

Te Mātaiaho, the New Zealand curriculum mandates that schools move away from a one-size-fits-all paradigm towards the inclusive design of teaching and learning, where ALL students can expect to:

  • connect their culture, experiences and interests to their learning
  • learn in flexible environments with adjustable materials they can personalise to meet their learning needs and preferences
  • engage in ongoing, timely conversations about their learning with teachers and peers
  • access learning opportunities, experiences and environments alongside their peers
  • be supported to advocate for their own needs and lead their own learning
  • share their thinking and learning in ways that demonstrate their understanding.

Plan for all learners

Plan for all learners

Ask student what inclusion means to them.

Allow their experiences to shape your teaching.

Use a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach

Use a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach

Linda Ojala and Room 3 at Silverstream School talk about using UDL to design learning for all.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Enhancing staff capability at Newtown School

This Education Gazette article shows how Newtown School’s commitment to being everybody’s school supports their culturally diverse students, and their wide range of needs.

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Inclusive education – Our school

Lake Rerewakaaitu School blog about their school actions to develop a “highly inclusive culture for learning.” (ERO report, 2019)

Publisher: Lake Rerewakaaitu School

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Leading learning to support inclusive practices”:

Return to the guide “Leading schools that include all learners ”

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