One of the most important things for children with additional needs to be able to access the curricula and to thrive at school is having huge support behind them. That includes from the school and whānau communities and from school leaders, support staff, teachers and itinerant staff.
Robert Martin has become the public face of why a human rights take on inclusive education is needed. Born with a brain injury that made his early life difficult, he now travels the world asking hard questions of governments about their efforts to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Inclusivity in ECE is increasingly seen as an opportunity to improve teaching practices and engage children’s learning.
It’s in early childhood that attitudes to diversity are formed, and teachers see quality education here as the key to children growing up with a positive sense of self that enables them to respond proactively to life’s challenges.
Tamariki at Te Whata Tau o Putauaki decided that they wanted do a photo project which depicted their tipuna, after studying the work of nineteenth century New Zealand artists C.F Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer, and the more recent artwork of celebrated New Zealand artist Robyn Kahukiwa.