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Flexible mechanisms for funding and resource allocation must support the on-going development of school communities and enable them to increase their capacity to respond to diversity and to support all learners, without a formal diagnosis or label.
Within legislation and policy, there must be a clear concept of equitable high-quality inclusive education, which should inform a single legislative and policy framework for all learners as the basis for rights-based practice.
Changing the role of specialist provision towards supporting inclusive education is closely related to ensuring the rights of all learners to high-quality inclusive education.
Policy can build capacity for teacher professional learning for inclusion in various ways, including collaborative approaches and providing adequate funding and effective monitoring.
Policy must review goals and consider competence areas for teacher professional learning for inclusion, and ensure a continuum of support for all teachers, schools and higher education institutions.
To prepare all teachers for inclusion, all educators must have access to a coherent and continuous range of professional learning opportunities focusing on equity and inclusion.
Data analysis reveals the need to further enable specialist provision to act as a resource for mainstream provision and to equip stakeholders to implement inclusive education.
Policy developments in governance mechanisms are needed to support co-operation between specialist and mainstream provision at all levels.
Four cross-sectoral policy areas (governance, funding, capacity building and quality assurance mechanisms) need further development to effectively support the changing role of specialist provision in supporting mainstream schools to be inclusive.
Preventing school failure involves developing an inclusive system where all learners – including those at risk of failure and most vulnerable to exclusion – receive a high-quality education.

Roles and responsibilities of inclusive school leaders within the ecosystem of inclusive education systems

Supporting Inclusive School Leadership: Ecosystem Model image

This six-page infographic was developed as part of the Supporting Inclusive School Leadership (SISL) project. Adapted from the Agency’s ecosystem model of inclusive education systems, it focuses on the four ecosystem levels and represents the elements of the model that are relevant for school leadership.

For more information, see the SISL project synthesis report.

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