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How to Create an Inclusive Classroom: 12 Tips for Teachers

Plan Bee

19th July 2019

How to Create an Inclusive Classroom: 12 Tips for Teachers

Inclusion is a word that gets thrown around a lot in education, particularly in England and Wales, where the National Curriculum dictates that schools and teachers ensure all pupils are included in effective learning, regardless of their individual needs.

But what does inclusion actually mean, in the context of schools and education? What does inclusion look like in the classroom? And most importantly, how can teachers create an inclusive classroom that benefits all students, no matter what their individual needs?

What Inclusion Means

In the simplest terms, inclusion in education means ensuring every child, no matter what their individual needs or barriers to learning, has equal access to learning and the same opportunities to achieve.

Inclusion in schools is not just about providing additional support to children with special educational needs. It's about creating a learning environment that works for all pupils, whether they have a disability, speak English as an additional language, are a member of a minority community, come from a low-income family – or find it harder to learn and achieve for other reasons.

This creates a problem for teachers: how do you ensure inclusion for all of these children with their diverse needs and barriers to learning?

While it is usually necessary to put specific plans in place to meet the specific needs of children in your class, there are a number of things that all teachers can do to create a safe, happy, purposeful and inclusive environment. It is those broad, all-purpose examples of inclusion in the classroom which we've covered in this article.

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