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Use collaborative partnerships to foster inclusion

Early years

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Collaborative partnerships with parents/carers, colleagues, and external education agencies are critical to:

  • promote an inclusive culture in the school and broader community 
  • successfully reach inclusive education outcomes. 

Collaborative partnerships can help teachers to:

  • understand students and how they learn
  • plan for and implement strategies to meet students’ needs and strengths
  • promote student participation by creating and maintaining a supportive and safe learning environment
  • promote a collective view of students’ strengths, needs, and barriers to learning
  • encourage the community to work together to share knowledge, understanding, and responsibility for students’ academic, behavioural, and social-emotional outcomes.

This practice is informed by the Early Years Behaviour Support Project ( EYBSP ). 

This practice will help students to

reach academic outcomes

reach social-emotional outcomes

reach behavioural outcomes

This practice will help teachers to

strengthen home–school partnerships

promote shared understanding

maximise opportunities to address needs

increase expertise in partnerships

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This practice is from the core research project




6 May 2022


Beth Saggers

As the lead researcher on this project and speaking on behalf of the team, we welcome feedback and comments on this practice and other practices on the inclusionED site. We want this to be an active and organic site where you can share how you have implemented these practices in a range of real world contexts. In practice, how have they supported your collaborative partnerships?

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