The Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools

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Valuing all students and staff equally: An inclusive setting is one where all feel welcome and respected.
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"Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools (Revised 2011)". The third edition of the Index for Inclusion, substantially revised and expanded by Tony Booth ([1], [2]), is now available. The Index for Inclusion publication can be purchased from


This resource is part of the OER4Schools programme.


Inclusive education rest on notions of equality and human rights. Inclusion is founded upon a moral position which values and respects every individual and which welcomes diversity as a rich learning resource. At a time when the educational landscape is rapidly changing, with schools having to provide for learners of increasingly diverse abilities and family, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, respect and equal commitment to all learners seem more important than ever. The education system is called upon to cater for, among others, minority ethnic learners, children of migrant workers and of gypsies, travellers and showpeople as well as for disabled learners.

The Index for Inclusion is a values-based resource for school self-evaluation and improvement. It draws together interventions in education to do with environmental sustainability, global citizenship, community building, health promotion, values, rights and non-violence. It provides a detailed outline of a new curriculum for schools, which reflects children’s experiences and futures and is relevant to young people’s lives in any part of the world. The Index is an accessible, flexible and practical resource. It encourages the whole school community to work together in reviewing all aspects of cultures, policies and practices in their school. It helps schools to: put their own framework of values into action; carry out a thorough self-evaluation; produce a detailed school improvement plan; minimise barriers to learning and participation; empower adults and children to voice their ideas; and present to governors and inspectors a clear rationale for development.

References to the Index for Inclusion in OER4Schools

In the OER4Schools resource, we draw on the "Index for Inclusion", for instance as inspiration, through adapting particular questions, or by referring to particular issues raised.