Course Overview

Welcome to Creating an Inclusive School. This course highlights the characteristics of an inclusive school. It takes as a starting point the fact that inclusive teaching is the responsibility of all teachers, not just those with special training and draws heavily on the UNICEF ‘wave model’ for inclusive education. It builds on the course ‘Inclusive Teaching and Learning’ and focuses on ‘Wave 2’ of the wave model, supporting participants in developing attitudes, systems and processes that support a collaborative approach to inclusion.

The course is practice-focussed and task-based, giving participants the opportunity to apply new concepts to their own teaching and to reflect on their practice with other participants. The tasks are largely experiential, productive and collaborative, although there is opportunity to assimilate new learning and apply the ideas to practice-settings.

The course is relevant to all school leaders, practising teachers in the primary or secondary phase, as well as teacher educators in colleges or universities and Government officers whose role involves the organisation of continuing professional development for in-service teachers. It is a good idea to have studied the ‘Inclusive Teaching and Learning’ course in this collection first.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, the participant is expected to be able to:

  • Describe and explain the 'wave model' for thinking about inclusive education
  • Understand the ethos, attitudes and values of an inclusive school
  • Be familiar with a range of structures and processes that support inclusivity
  • Plan how to organise school-based teacher development in their school
  • Understand the importance of monitoring inclusivity and have considered some tools that could be used to do so
  • Plan how to work with local stakeholders and agencies to build an inclusive school
  • Articulate the ways in which this course has modelled the principles of inclusivity in its design and delivery