Australia’s disability royal commission looked focused on the education system this week.
Thousands of Australian students are disengaged from school and leave early. Governments have provided alternative learning options for these students, but are these having unintended consequences?
More than one in ten students with a disability are being refused enrolment.
A survey shows nearly half of students with disabilities are being excluded from school events and activities, while one in ten are being denied enrolment. These reports suggest illegal practices.
When it comes to inclusive education, England has gone backwards, with more and more students placed in segregated provision or excluded from educational opportunities.
How can we better prepare and support teachers for the reality of diverse Australian classrooms?
Every school should should have at least one qualified special education teacher, and Australia should invest in a recognised pathway to be qualified.
Students with vision impairments should the same opportunities as their peers.
Interviews with students who have a vision impairment show they wish their teachers and friends knew more about them. Here are the four key messages they want to communicate.
Nigeria’s education system is under funded.
Government funding in Nigeria's education sector has been chronically low and needs to be changed.
‘Relationships are the foundation of everything I do as a school administrator,’ one principal told researchers.
A six-province study of principals finds those who prioritize spending time boosting staff report high levels of effectiveness supporting inclusive schools.
Our societies would be kinder and better places overall if we considered what we can and do learn from autism.
A medical model tends to see disability as an individual impairment, but disability — including autism — is part of all of our precarious, precious lives.
Mental health clinics exist in South Africa’s public health sector, but children with ADHD often never reach them.
School children with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have limited access to care in South Africa's education and health sectors.
In Tanzania, only half of the children with albinism complete primary school.
The needs of children with albinism aren't met in the classroom and this often leads to them dropping out of school.
When a lecturer talks with his/ her back to the students to write on the board, hard of hearing students can’t lip-read.
South African universities aren't catering to students with hearing problems. Here's what can be done.
A low sense of belonging is associated with negative behaviours including misbehaviour, drug and alcohol use at school, violence and dropping out of school.
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When students feel accepted and respected by their teachers and peers, they will actively engage in academic and non-academic activities.
The benefits of mixed-ability classes are shared by all.
There is good evidence behind some of the recommendations from the Gonski review that will help all students, particularly those who get left behind.
LGBTQi+-inclusive sexuality education reduces negative stereotypes and biases, creating a safer school environment for LGBTQi+ students.
Leaving young people to figure sexuality and sex out themselves could result in ill-informed decision-making, and withholds knowledge that is their right to have.
Giving disabled people access to higher education would improve their social mobility.
An Indonesia-Australia collaboration is working to improve inclusion for disabled people in Indonesian schools, including in Islamic institutions.
Children with albinism often have poor eyesight, so classroom seating plans are important.
In Tanzania, where albinism is common, there's plenty that ordinary teachers can do to support students with albinism – much of it quite simple.
Just being in the same classroom doesn’t make it inclusive.
Recent articles question whether inclusive education can do more harm than good. However, neither article presents examples of inclusion. Rather, they present tragic examples of exclusion that are claimed to be inclusion-not-working.
It’s not always better together.
Children with special needs aren't necessarily always better in mainstream schools.
South African teachers say it's a struggle to apply their training about "inclusive education" in crowded, stressful classroom situations.
All children are different, but different isn’t wrong, and doesn’t require fixing.
All children are different, but different isn't wrong, and doesn't require fixing.