Use a wide range of models, approaches and resources to enable all to participate meaningfully in educational decision-making.

Learners and families are diverse, living in a wide range of circumstances and environments. Therefore, a range of approaches and resources should be available to ensure that their meaningful participation is equitable and possible at every stage of the education system. Modern ICT offers great potential for significant change in the ways diverse voices may be heard in education. Policy-makers can use different models as a basis for designing participation at all stages of policy and practice, with points for reflection and discussion, as well as practical considerations and guidance.

Voices into Action (VIA) explores ways to develop a more participatory approach to educational decision-making, with learners and families at the centre. A VIA infographic outlines the Agency’s own model, the VIA Framework for Meaningful Participation in Inclusive Education.

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