Guidance – Victorian SHARE Principles for Inclusive Education
The following principles provide guidance for all members of the school community on the main features of inclusive education.
Inclusive education involves students, in collaboration with their peers and/or carers, in decision-making processes as respected partners in education.
H: Human rights focused
Inclusive education is supported by and is the realisation of a human rights based approach to education. International human rights principles and Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 provide a framework for every Victorian to be treated with dignity and respect and to enjoy their human rights without discrimination.
A: Acknowledges strengths
Inclusive education recognises that each child and young person is unique. It focuses on a strengths-based, personalised approach to education that celebrates and welcomes difference to maximize learning, engagement and wellbeing outcomes.
R: Respects legal obligations
Inclusive education enables schools to uphold legal obligations to make reasonable adjustments for all students with disability. Reasonable adjustments assist all students to participate in education on the same basis as their peers without a disability.
Inclusive education uses contemporary evidence-based practices known to be effective in responding to individual student needs and improving student outcomes.
Reviewed 24 February 2023