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Welcome to Inclusive Education


This Learning Space creates a portal for teachers, parents and schools to share ideas and information on how to make South African schools welcoming and supportive environments for all learners.

Inclusive Education (IE) is defined as a process of addressing the diverse needs of all learners by reducing barriers to, and within the learning environment.

Click here to access an online magazine on Inclusive Education

Click here to access an online magazine on The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Click here to access an online magazine on Vocational Education for All

Links - The following web sites also provide valuable information on the practice of Inclusive Education in the developing countries:

Hlanganani Video Series- “Towards an Education that is Inclusive”


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Sisonke Participants Manual: Inclusive Learning Programmes (2007)  (2115.39 Kb)
Training Manual on Curriculum Differentiation developed by the Sisonke Consortium during the Inclusive Education Field Test (...
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What Little Children Need to Grow: A Book of Stories About Children for Adults (2010), GDE  (7789.3 Kb)
A Guideline for ECD teachers developed for the GDE by Gillian Lloyd and Debbie de Jong. This practical Guideline supports ECD...
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Gazette to Call for Comments on Draft Policies for Children with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability  (167.79 Kb)
The Minister of Basic Education, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers and in terms of sections 3(4) (b)...
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Barriers to Learning and Development (71.5 Kb)
If the education system is to promote effective learning and prevent learning breakdown, it is imperative that mechanisms are...
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Grade R Practical Ideas (9284.68 Kb)
These Guidelines have been developed to assist teachers with ideas for Creating Stimulating Indoor And Out Door Learning Envi...
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Strategies for Curriculum Differentiation to Accommodate Diversity (24.25 Kb)
This is a fact sheet for teachers to assist them to understand how teaching and learning can be differentiated or adapted to ...
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National List of Special Schools in South Africa (1765 Kb)
Names and contact details of schools are provided according to provinces and districts. For further information on how to be ...
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Implementing Inclusive Education in South Africa: True stories we can learn from (251.02 Kb)
Examples of good practice from the DANIDA Project (2003)
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Call For Comments on the Draft Policy for the Provision of Quality Education and Support for Children with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability and on the Draft Learning Programme

Please download the following set of documents on which the public is requested to provide written comments to the DBE by 9 December 2016:

Government Gazette 40375

The Draft Policy

The Draft Learning Programme

The Reporting Template




Policy on screening, identification, assessment and support 2014

Click here to access the document


Education White Paper 6 Progress Report, May 2015

The WP6 Progress Report was presented to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on 23 June 2015.

The Report can be accessed here



Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) 2014

Government Notice 38356 of 2014 : National Education Policy Act (27/1996): Approval of the Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS)

Click here to download the Gazette

Click here to download the Policy



Learning for Democracy in an Inclusive Education System: Implications for Teacher Development

 National Workshop Report, 2−3 December 2013



Click here to dowload Conference Report




Children with Disabilities in South Africa: A situational Analysis 2001 - 2011

A joint publication of the Departments of Social Development, Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities and UNICEF

Click here to Download the document




The National Curriculum Statement for South African Sign Language

Foundation Phase - Gr R - 3

Intermediate Phase - Gr 4 - 6

Senior Phase - Gr 7 - 9

FET Phase - Gr 10 - 12




"Making education inclusive by identifying and disamntling exclusionary pressures and practices in education"

1 - 6 July 2013, Johannesburg

SADC Minister's Conference Resolution

Click here for Deputy Minister Enver Surty's Opening Address


Emphasising Inclusivity in the Introduction of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) - 2012


The DBE is currently training all subject advisors to equip teachers in all provinces to effectively introduce the National Curriculum Statement (2011) in all schools in 2012 and 2013.

The following documents can be used to strengten the practical implementation of inclusivity and curriculum differentiation at all levels.

Click here to download the Guidelines for Responding to Learner Diversity in the Classroom through the CAPS (2011)

Click here to download the presentation delivered at the Provincial CAPS Training Sessions


For more information and practical examples visit theCurriculum Differentiation Page



Situation Analysis of Children with Disabilities in South Africa: Hearing the Voices of Children and Caregivers, May 2011


This report has been compiled by Sue Philpott and Pam McLaren as part of the more comprehensive study undertaken by UNICEF and the Department of Social Development. The report reflects the voices of children with disabilities and is a moving testimony to the harsh realities faced by many children and their families.


To read the Report click here.



SAALED Congress

From Inclusion to Belonging: The Language of Learning


30 March – 2 April 2011, Cape Town


See the following useful websites shared at the Conference


Inclusion Conference 25 - 26 February 2011

Crossing the Divide - Practical Solutions for Inclusive Education

Contact Antoinette du Plessis at to obtain papers delivered at the conference

Click here for more information.


The UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr Shuaib Chalklen, read a section of the Umgungundlovu Disability Forum's shadow report on the CRPD to the Conference of State Parties in New York in September 2010. CREATE was the author of the shadow report with information drawn from the Umgungundlovu Disability Forum members.

Read more on their new Website which has been launched today

Raising Disability Awareness Through the Curriculum


Richard Rieser of World of Inclusion has developed ideas for teachers on how to design curriculum activities which would raise awareness about disability rights.

Education For All Global Monitoring Report

The Report has been released on 19 January 2010. It states clearly that the EFA goals cannot be achieved if governments do not realise the central importance of inclusive education.

Visit the UNESCO Website to read more and view the podcast

Guidelines for Full-Service / Inclusive Schools, 2010

The Guidelines were approved in July 2009 by the Council for Education Ministers for implementation in provinces and schools to guide the implementation of Inclusive Education at a practical level. The Guidelines were reissued by the Department of Basic Education in 2010. All schools have to work towards meeting the requirements as outlined in the Guidelines. Indicators are provided for how the principles of inclusivity can be met in all areas such as management, culture, curriculum, physical and material resources, community involvement, etc.       

Click here to download the whole document.  Click here for a summary