students with disability

Differentiation is in our schools to stay. What is it? And why are most criticisms of it just plain wrong?

By Linda Graham, Kate de Bruin, Carly Lassig and Ilektra Spandagou

The use of a teaching practice known as ‘differentiation’ has become more common over time as educators have sought to respond to increases in the diversity of students enrolling in their local school. The term is now used widely by Australian teachers and school leaders, as well as policy makers. For example, according to the

Students with disability have a right to inclusive education: Reviewing the Melbourne Declaration

By Shiralee Poed, Linda Graham, Kate de Bruin, Cátia Malaquias, Ilektra Spandagou, Jenna Gillett-Swan, Emily Cukalevski, Peter Walker, Marijne Medhurst, Haley Tancredi, Kathy Cologon

Students with disability were not identified as an explicit priority within the Melbourne Declaration, a statement that was agreed back in 2008 by all Education Ministers in Australia. It stated that the main goal for education in Australia should be equity and excellence for all young Australians and outlined a commitment to action. Now the

Ask a child ‘what works’. How classroom teachers can consult children with communication difficulties

By Haley Tancredi

In Australia children with disabilities have the right to be consulted about what can be done to help them participate fully in school life. The Australian Disability Standards for Education specifically directs teachers to “consult the student” about what adjustments they could reasonably make within their classrooms to help students with disabilities “participate in education