“Children come from an endless range of different families, backgrounds, cultures and religions. They also have a variety of interests, learning styles and abilities. Despite all of these differences, everyone should feel included and welcome within their school community. Positive school communities create opportunities for children, families and staff to feel included. They make help and support accessible and ﬁnd lots of ways to invite people to take up the support being offered. They help everyone beneﬁt from understanding experiences and cultures that may be different to their own.
When children feel included, when they are part of a community that promotes inclusion and respect for everybody, they show more caring and compassion towards others, and they feel safer and more secure. They are also better learners and have better mental health and wellbeing. In a positive school community every face has a place, every voice is valued, and everyone has something to contribute.
School communities from around Australia chose care, compassion, respect, understanding and inclusion as important values for children to understand. These are things that children can learn about. The best learning happens when children see the adults around them putting values like these into practice.” KIDSMATTER
Understanding and knowing the diversity of our community supports everyone to feel included.
For further information http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/mental-health-matters/additional-needs