Inclusion and Diversity at CSSK

Invitation to contribute to Board Review

Background

Over the past several months the Board has considered a number of matters that fall under the general domain of “inclusion and diversity”. These issues point to broad questions of who we are as a community, who we aspire to be, and how we might best work towards that aspiration. These questions also point towards our purpose and identity as a Steiner School, and, in the context of inclusion and diversity, the most appropriate alignment of our practice with legislative requirements.

The Board has therefore decided to undertake a review under the broad heading of “inclusion and diversity” and from this to build a picture of what inclusion and diversity means in our school into the future.

Process

The Board has delegated the review process to a subcommittee comprised of 2 Board members, Jane Staley and Soph Howard. The sub-committee has been given a broad terms of reference which may evolve as the Review unfolds, subject to resources available.

The Review will use a variety of methods to ensure a broad range of experiences and perspective are heard, including research, surveys, interviews and written and oral submissions.

Terms of Reference

Taking into consideration a range of matters relating to the diversity of our school community, and of our obligations and aspirations to provide an inclusive Steiner education for all our students, the Board has formed an Inclusion and Diversity review Sub-Committee to inquire into and report to the Board on:

  • The legislative and regulatory framework regarding inclusion and diversity in our school
  • The mechanisms, policies and procedures that CSSK has in place to meet regulatory requirements
  • The school’s understanding of and approach to inclusion and diversity according to our Steiner educational principles
  • The specific experiences of students, parents, teachers and other staff in relation to additional needs and inclusive education
  • The number of students in the school with a disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) or additional learning needs
  • The current diversity of the school population, including students, families and staff, with regard to intersecting identities or needs including gender identity, sexual orientation, being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, race, cultural identity, speaking a language other than English, social factors, economic factors, and any other relevant characteristic
  • Any current CSSK policies, procedures or approaches that are in place which have influence or impact on the diversity of the school community
  • Any barriers or challenges in providing inclusive education at our school
  • Any other matter relevant to inclusive education and/or diversity

In undertaking this Review, the Sub-Committee will use a variety of methods to ensure the report includes multiple and diverse perspectives to build a picure of how the school currently works with inclusion and diversity, our aspirations as a school community in this regard.

Timeframe

Submissions to the Review will be open until August 30. The Subcommittee will deliver a report to the Board at the first board meeting of Term 4. The Board will report back to the school community by the end of the year.

Participation

All members of our school community are invited to make a submission to the Review. Individual submissions addressing any or all of the Terms of Reference can be addressed to the Inclusion & Diversity Review, and emailed, mailed or delivered to the school office. There will also be opportunities to participate in the review through a survey. Oral submissions can also be arranged. Submissions to the Review will be treated as confidential, however specific comments may be quoted anonymously within the Report. If you want your submission to be fully confidential please indicate this in your correspondence.

Mailing address

Inclusion & Diversity Review

Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten

PO Box 473,

Castlemaine VIC 3450

Email: enquiries@cssk.vic.edu.au, Subject Line: Inclusion & Diversity Review

 

Further Information

The following links provide useful points of reference for further information/reading for anyone wishing to make a submission to the Review.

Disability Information

Disability Standards for Education 2005 – complete document

https://www.education.gov.au/disability-standards-education-2005

Disability Standards for Education 2005 – Fact Sheet 

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 – Fact Sheet

 

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 – whole Act

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016C00763

 

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability – NCCD

https://www.nccd.edu.au

“The NCCD enables schools, education authorities and governments to better understand the needs of students with disability and how they can be best supported at school.”

Additional Learning Needs

Victorian Education Dept resource: “Support students with additional learning needs”:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/learningneeds/Pages/default.aspx