Inclusive Schooling is an approach to education that embraces the fact that everyone is different and has unique strengths and learning needs. In schools, this means that all students within an age group, regardless of their learning differences, are a valued part of the same classroom and receive different supports as needed. In the NWT, this is an important part of the education system. We know students learn in different ways and at different rates.
In the NWT Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016), the government lays out roles and responsibilities and standards for schools. These are in place to ensure that students are well integrated in the school in their community. Education bodies receive specific funding from the government to provide the programs and supports to meet the range of student needs.
In 2014, a review in this area was done. This review looked at how well NWT schools are able to apply the Inclusive Schooling Directive to meet the needs of students. Based on this review, the work of Education Renewal now focuses on improving the ways inclusive schooling programming is staffed, supported and funded. Improving how the government is able to keep track of that funding and programming is also part of the work. Providing all school staff more ongoing professional development about inclusive schooling practices will also be important.