The National Policy Framework for Teacher Education and Development in South Africa (2007) emphasises that Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) should ensure that:
"All teachers need to acquire skills in recognising, identifying and addressing barriers to learning and creating inclusive and enabling teaching and learning environments for all learners, including those with disabilities and other special needs." (Section 48)
Furthermore the Policy states: "A sizeable proportion need to develop specialist skills in areas such as ...teaching learners with disabilities, diversity management, classroom management and discipline, and so on." (Section 48).
Inclusion starts at ECD level. Teachers who create rich and responsive learning environments would be more likely to identify developmental delays and other barriers to learning at an early stage and plan intervention strategies to overcome them. To support teachers of Grade R Classes, the Department of Education has developed a Book with Practical Ideas for Grade R