Student Support and Wellness

Inclusive Schooling

Over the last 20 years, educators in the NWT have had to revise their teaching practices to respond to the increasingly diverse nature of their classrooms. Teaching strategies and programming had to be relevant and reflect an emphasis on student strengths. To do this, the importance of working with others, including parents and specialized support staff was highlighted. The NWT Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) defines the standards, processes and supports required by educational jurisdictions in meeting these diverse needs. The Departmental Response was completed in 2014 using the lens and direction described in the Education Renewal and Innovation (ERI) Framework: Directions for Change.

To assist staff in meeting student needs in accordance with the Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling, the Inclusive Schooling Handbook (August 2017) was developed. This handbook provides educators with the approved processes involved in developing Student Support Plans (SSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP). It also contains a Technology for Improving Education Network (TIENET) user guide, which details how to access SSPs and IEPs, and a comprehensive Toolbox of blackline masters and templates for educators.

Inclusive Schooling Handbook

Look for these sections in the link above:

Section 1: NWT Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016)

Section 2: Program Support, Roles and Responsibilities in Inclusive Schooling in the NWT

Section 3: Educational Programming Types in the NWT

Section 4: Accessing and Using TIENET for SSPs and IEPs

Section 5: The Support Assistant Handbook

Section 6: The Toolbox

Student Support

Career and Education Advisors

The Career and Education Advisors (CEAs) program at the Department of Education, Culture and Employment was established to work with Grade 9 to 12 NWT students, to provide career and education advising services. 

Get in touch with a CEA at

Please see below for supporting documents.

Dealing With Child Abuse

Everyone has a responsibility to protect children. Because children spend so much of their time in school, school staff may recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse that might otherwise go unnoticed. The following resource, revised in 2020, is designed to assist school staff when dealing with child abuse-related issues.


The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their potential. This requires working together to provide a variety of programs and services, ranging from prevention to intervention, that promote and support the mental health of students. The following resource is designed as a self- reflective tool for school staff to use in assessing, planning and developing programs that support mental health.