Inclusive education is not just about getting the child or young person into the classroom, it’s about making sure that the student has the opportunity to learn and achieve. It’s about sharing information to understand what’s working and what’s not and to identify the links between inclusive practice and educational achievement.

It is ERO’s job to evaluate and report on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. This is our fourth national report on inclusive practices in New Zealand schools. The news is good – more schools are being more inclusive. But there’s still room for improvement.

We have made some significant progress but we need to keep going. We all need to remember that at the centre of everything we do, is the child or young person. And that it’s not just one person’s responsibility to give that student the opportunity to achieve. It’s a collective effort in which schools, parents, families and communities all work together for and around the learner at the centre.

Iona Holsted

Chief Review Officer

Education Review Officer

March 2015