The process of adapting to an inclusion policy requires strategic goals to be set out. Inclusion resourcing can be achieved by creating a clear roadmap that indicates the milestones that need to be reached. The main goals will include the introduction of new teaching approaches, student assessment screening, classroom facilities and equipment and curriculum delivery. The financial burden can be offset by re-purposing existing resources and modifying them towards an inclusion based school.
4 key areas of optimising resources
*Additional Support teachers. Funding the cost of a support teacher at the ratio of 1 to 200. For example a school of 600 students would need 3 additional support teachers.
*Additional Learning Support Assistant. Funding the cost of an LSA at the ratio of 1 to 125. For example a school of 500 students would need 4 additional LSA’s.
*School Interior layout and classroom design should follow the building standards set out by Dubai Universal Design Code. Once installed these facilities should automatically be made available to all students as and when required.
* Providing continuous support for all educationalists to access training and development underpinning their knowledge and best practices in order provide the best level of additional learning support for the students that need it.
For inclusive resourcing to be effective a sustainable strategy which has specific goals and focuses on the long term will help ensure KHDA’s Education Policy is implemented correctly to serve the greater community of students in Dubai.
Where possible the costs for these inclusion resourcing should not be passed onto the parents, and should instead be funded by revenue from the general school fees.
Charging Parents for specialist services.
In the cases of students who need specialists support from therapists, psychologists and/or full time LSA’s then it is reasonable to expect that these extra fees be passed onto those parents who’s children have the requirement. Charging parents for additional specialist should be carried out in the following manner:
*Any 3rd party specialist costs for inclusion resourcing should be charged without additional mark-up or surcharges added by the school.
*Transparency of charges is made clear to the parents before they are levied.
*Mutual consent it obtained by the parents before a specialist service is agreed on with an understanding of the costs involved.
In all cases the frequency of sessions should be reviewed at regular intervals to reconfirm that progress is being made and that the services are required.
Demonstrate Inclusive resourcing in their classroom
Schools should make sure they apply the 4 inclusive resourcing as recommendations listed above. This professional approach will help established trust and understanding with the parents and school regulator that they are committed to proper inclusive resourcing for the benefit of those students that require it.
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