"Inclusive Education at Thomas More College is informed by relevant policies and practise as underpinned by the definition of inclusive curriculum."
The external policies which inform the Inclusive Education Policy at Thomas More College are:
- openness to God's Spirit at work in our midst and living in Catholic faith
- respect for the dignity of each person
- commitment to processes of learning that are formative, challenging, engaging, life-long and life-wide
- inclusivity of those at the edges
- sensitivity, justice and compassion
2. SACCS Policy (1989) which states:
- "A rich social and cultural diversity exists in every community. Schools are mindful of this in ensuring their curriculum and learning environments cater for all thereby enriching the education experiences of students" (curriculum)
- "....all students are given the opportunities to succeed." (assessment)
- "assessment and reporting are accessible to all" (assessment)
- "The SACSA Framework has a continuing strong focus on teaching, learning and assessing to achieve just and equitable outcomes for all learners, including those who historically have been most disadvantaged"
- SSABSA policy allows eligible students to demonstrate their knowledge and capability in different ways.
- ".....covers students who are disadvantaged for example by some sort of disability"
- ".....offers alternative strategies to assist students to demonstrate what they have learnt."
5. Anti-discrimination Legislation
- It is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the grounds of disability.
- DDA (1993) includes requirements for academic environments to be free from discrimination on the grounds of disability.
The Thomas More College Vision Statement recognises and upholds each student's right to an education which enables them to reach their potential. The statement specifies the following three points as part of its mission:
- To challenge and support students in their growth as spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional beings
- To provide a supportive, caring, just and safe environment for all members of our community
- To pursue excellence and foster this spirit in our students.
At Thomas More College, the following provisions come under the banner of Inclusive Education:
- The Vanier Unit - our special unit for students with an intellectual impairment
- The Ignatius Learning Centre - catering for students who are deemed Mainstream Curriculum Differentiation Required
- Vocational Education and Training - for students from Years 9-12 who hope to gain an apprenticeship
- The Homework Centre - students can access assistance with their homework after school three days a week.