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Inclusive Education: The Importance of Inclusive Learning Environments

Thursday 29th February 2024

Diversity, equity and inclusion are three interconnected values that are celebrated in our St Francis Xavier College learning community. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, have unique interests, and have diverse capabilities and beliefs, all that enrich College life and the many learning opportunities. Our pursuit of inclusion and equity focuses on building connection and belonging for all.

At St Francis Xavier College, we know and emphasise the inherent value of inclusive learning, and are committed to creating an environment where all students can thrive, growing in knowledge and character.

What is inclusive education?

Inclusive education is a philosophy and a practice that is centred around providing fair and equitable learning opportunities to all members of a school community. Each student is different and has a unique set of circumstances that influence their learning experience. Inclusive practice is designed to ensure that each student can thrive, regardless of their ability, sociocultural and language background, or learning style.

At its heart, an inclusive approach is all about making sure every child can get in school and has a fair chance to learn. Every student is afforded a real and equal learning opportunity alongside their peers, with everyone accommodated and barriers removed. 

Why is inclusive education important?

The significance of inclusive education is far-reaching and extends outside of the classroom and school grounds. Cultivating inclusivity as a standard practice creates a culture of equity and justice, in which students can trust they will be treated fairly and provided opportunity for success.  Students will learn that they all deserve the same fair and equitable treatment, which is an important ideal they can carry into their lives outside of school and in their future endeavours.

An inclusive learning environment is one in which all students are integrated, which means that the benefits of inclusive education are also shared between all students, regardless of their needs. Research has shown that students with disabilities thrive when they are provided the same educational and social opportunities as other students. This doesn’t mean that teachers provide the exact same instruction to everyone — learning is still tailored to suit all students individually — but prioritising inclusive practices gives every student a fundamental and deserved sense of belonging. Having all students in the same learning spaces inherently indicates that every student is capable and equally valuable.

Inclusive practices in education also help students engage with the variety of diverse perspectives and worldviews around them. This helps to enrich the learning experience for all, providing deeper understanding and enhancing critical thinking skills. Students are taught important characteristics like empathy, dignity, tolerance and respect, and a greater emphasis is placed on collaboration.

What does inclusion look like at SFXC?

We are committed to prioritising inclusive education now and into the future at SFXC. Our inclusive education policy recognises that inclusion is not a fixed point but a point of continual growth. We will constantly seek to adapt our curriculum and teaching to suit the different needs of students, and remove any barriers to inclusive education.

One of our key inclusive education strategies is training and supporting our teachers to be able to effectively deliver an inclusive curriculum. We try to differentiate instruction to cater to the different learning needs, backgrounds and strengths in the classroom, which includes delivering content in a variety of modes to appeal to as wide a range of learning styles as possible. This diversity in approach also helps to keep students engaged with the content. We also bring in collaboration with parents, carers and other support professionals to create individualised learning plans that work for students.


A part of inclusive practice is to recognise that some learners require a more applied learning environment in order to achieve success. This is why we also proudly offer Hands On Learning as part of our approach to inclusion, giving some students a more practical learning experience if that would better suit their needs. 

Celebrating inclusion and diversity in education

Part of our school culture is celebrating our differences, exposing all students to different situations and backgrounds to foster empathy and understanding. We deeply value inclusion at every level of our curriculum, and hope to deliver an inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and successful, and experiences a sense of belonging. Get in touch to learn more about our inclusive teaching practices and how we can provide the perfect pathway for your child.