Handbooks, Guides and Toolkits

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Fact Sheet 1 - What is inclusive education?

Inclusive education is about everyone learning, growing and flourishing - together - in all our diversity. Inclusive education recognises the right of every child and young person - without exception - to be included in general education settings. It involves adapting the environment and teaching approaches to ensure genuine and valued full participation of all children and young people. It embraces human diversity and welcomes all as equal members of an educational community.

Fact Sheet 2 - What are the benefits of inclusive education?

Research evidence overwhelmingly supports inclusive education. As well as positive outcomes for social justice and a sense of community and belonging, there are benefits for learning outcomes and for the social, behavioural and physical development of children and young people who do and do not live with disability.

Fact Sheet 3 - Addressing ableism in education

Barriers to inclusive education prevent children and young people who experience disability from learning and participating fully, with far-reaching and lifelong implications. Major barriers include negative attitudes and stigma around 'difference' and 'disability', inadequate education and professional development for teachers and specialist support staff, and systemic barriers, such as inadequate funding and support from education authorities. Underpinning these barriers is ongoing ableism.

Fact Sheet 4 - Transformation to inclusive education: the next steps

Leadership is required to bring about the substantial change needed to facilitate inclusive education, ensuring that every child and young person can fully and genuinely participate, and have the contribution they make recognised.

Effective Co-Teaching Practices: A Simple Guide to Co-Teaching

Includes what is co-teaching, co-teaching models, getting to know each other, classroom environment, parity, planning, best practices, and reflecting.

Embracing Diversity: Toolkit for Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environments

This Toolkit offers a holistic, practical perspective on how schools and classrooms can become more inclusive and learning-friendly. It builds on experience gained over many years and on the strategies and tools developed by many organizations and individuals working on inclusive education and, more recently, in the area of establishing Child-Friendly Schools. This Toolkit is meant to be user-friendly and a means of inspiration for teachers who find themselves working in ever more diverse classrooms.

Inclusive Practices Toolkit

The Inclusive Practices Tools were launched on the Wellbeing@School website on the 15th of October 2013. They provide access to surveys and tools which explore the extent to which a school includes all students in all aspects of school life. The Wellbeing@School tools are only available to NZ registered schools, however you can read about the 5 step self-review cycle on the website.

Inclusion Toolkit for Educators

Written with leading inclusive education experts to assist educators to welcome and support diverse learners in their classrooms and schools. 


  • What is inclusion in education?
  • Why include?
  • Inclusion and the law
  • Creating an inclusive class culture
  • Supporting peer connection
  • The role of education assistants
  • Including ALL students in the same curriculum
  • Behaviour support in the inclusive classroom

Inclusion Toolkit for Parents

This Inclusion Toolkit for Parents has been written with leading inclusive education experts to guide parents in supporting their child’s inclusive education journey.


  • What is inclusion in education?
  • Why include?
  • Inclusion and the law
  • Developing an inclusive vision and setting goals
  • Collaborating with your school to support your child
  • Asking the right questions
  • The role of families in building an inclusive school

Inclusive Teaching Toolkit

Inclusive teaching helps all students succeed at university. The toolkit builds on existing Monash University guidelines and resources, the literature on inclusive teaching in higher education, and data gathered in 2017 from library staff focus groups on inclusive teaching. Inclusive teaching is a dynamic area of research and practice, and the toolkit is an evolving resource.

Introception 101

Interoception explanation, interoception tracking sheet and interoception activities

Is your School Inclusive? Checklist

Questions for Parents to Ask About School Adaptations

It is important to identify, discuss, and include accommodations and modifications necessary to meet the specific needs of a student in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The checklist is a good starting point to think about a child’s individual needs and provides examples of modifications and/or accommodations.

SWIFT Field Guide

Consists of five domains, each with two features:

  • Multi-Tiered System of Support
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Integrated Educational Framework
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice

The Principal's Handbook for Leading Inclusive Schools

Inclusive school reform has resulted in all students with disabilities being placed into general education settings and providing inclusive services to meet their needs while eliminating pullout or self-contained special education programs. This except from the handbook outlines a seven-part process for inclusive school reform for students with disabilities.

Your Toolkit for Inclusive Education

Includes links to Free Articles, Tips, Checklists & Activities, Organizations, Videos, Websites & Blogs, and Resources.