Inclusion Ambassadors: Inclusive Learning Environments

Inclusion Ambassadors: Inclusive Learning Environments

Inclusion Ambassadors: Inclusive Learning Environments

The Inclusion Ambassadors have developed a poster to help promote inclusive learning environments in schools.

The Inclusion Ambassadors have created a poster to share what they think schools can do to create inclusive learning environments that work for everyone.

The group thought about things like layout, noise, and what school staff could do to help. Click the link above to view the poster, or read below for more information on what the Inclusion Ambassadors came up with.

Senses
  • Be mindful of noise. Teachers should think about how the noise of the classroom might impact pupils differently. For example, some pupils might like to use noise cancelling headphones or listen to music to help them feel more comfortable.
  • Avoid over stimulation. This could mean too much noise, too much activity, too much light, or maybe all these things together. Schools should make sure pupils don’t feel this way. This might mean having quiet spaces or classroom lights that aren’t so bright.
  • Consider sensory needs. Sensory needs are to do with sight, hearing, or any of the other senses. Some pupils will be more sensitive to things like loud noises or bright lights. Schools should think about these needs when designing their classrooms.
Classroom space
  • Consider accessibility. It’s important that all pupils can access their classrooms. Schools should think about how they can arrange spaces to make sure that all pupils can move around comfortably.
  • Promote the classroom as a shared space. Classrooms should be a place to celebrate learning and all the hard work that pupils do. Putting work up on the walls could be one way of showing that everyone is welcome to take ownership of the space.
  • Equal access to the teacher. All pupils should have the chance to talk to their teachers and get help if they need it. Schools should think about how they can set up their classrooms to make this possible.
School staff
  • Be friendly, welcoming and warm. Pupils should have a good relationship with their teachers. School staff should try their best to make sure pupils know they can talk to them and that they will be listened to and supported.
  • Provide the right support, in the right way. Every pupil has the right to support that works for their own, individual needs. Teachers and school staff should think about how they can best support each pupil, and understand that different pupils might need different things.
  • Promote equality and fairness. All pupils should have the same opportunities to do their best at school. Schools should work hard to make sure that every pupil feels included and treated with respect.
Technology
  • Have appropriate IT available. Lots of additional needs can be supported with technology, and schools should make sure this is available for pupils who need it. For example, an e-reader can read words out loud to pupils who find reading difficult.
  • Embrace technology for learning. There are lots of ways that technology can help pupils to learn. Teachers and school staff should think about how they could use technology to make learning easier for all pupils to take part in.
  • Use resources available from organisations like Call Scotland. Lots of organisations have worked hard to find ways to support pupils with additional support needs. Schools should listen and learn from them to find new and better ways to support pupils.

These are the ideas that the Inclusion Ambassadors came up with, but the pupils you support will also have their own ideas. You could use this poster as a starting point to talk about what changes would help the children you support to feel more comfortable in their classrooms.

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