Day three of the Royal Commission’s hearing on education involved evidence from three Queensland mainstream schools committed to inclusive education.
The morning session involved a panel of three witnesses, each with experience in state schools and special education. All held senior positions in state high schools, and spoke about the approach their school was taking to implement inclusive education.
Subjects covered in discussion included enrolment processes, engaging with parents, adjusting curricula, and dealing with resistance. Substantial time was spent discussing co-teaching models — where a second teacher is present in class for students who require this to facilitate their learning in mainstream environments. Curriculum adjustment was also a topic of considerable exploration.