Inclusive education



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Students enrolled in Queensland state schools come from diverse social, cultural, geographic and family backgrounds, are of many identities, and of all abilities.

Our priority


Success and wellbeing for all children and students through each stage of learning in an inclusive education system.

The Every Student Succeeding—State Schools Improvement Strategy 2022–2026 is Queensland’s plan to lift the performance of each child and student in our state schooling system.

Every student succeeding—means that every single child and student can access a world-class education.

Every student succeeding—means that our focus is on child and student needs.

Every student succeeding—means that we talk about success: success at learning and success also in terms of wellbeing.



Students experience inclusive education when they can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar-aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Inclusion is embedded in all aspects of school life, and is supported by culture, policies and every day practices.

Our commitment

The Department of Education's Inclusive education policy (PDF, 329KB) commits the department to continuing our journey towards a more inclusive system at policy and regional levels, and as part of our everyday practice in schools, educational settings and classrooms.

Our commitment means that children and young people across Queensland, from all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities and all abilities are able to:

  • attend their local state school or education centre and be welcomed.

  • access and participate in a high-quality education and fully engage in the curriculum along-side their similar-aged peers.

  • learn in a safe and supportive environment, free from bullying, discrimination or harassment.

  • achieve academically and socially with reasonable adjustments and supports tailored to meet their learning needs.

The Signposts for school improvement—Inclusive education (PDF, 5MB) provides an inclusive education framework for schools aligned to the School Improvement Hierarchy model which guides what needs to happen next in a school’s improvement journey.

Inclusive education policy and support materials

Supports for students from diverse backgrounds


Students with mental health needs

Students in out-of-home care

Refugee, culturally and linguistically diverse students

Students with disability

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Rural and remote

Gifted and talented students

LGBTIQ+ students

Inclusion coaches

Inclusion coaches are available to work with school leadership teams—in collaboration with other regional and state supports—to improve educational outcomes for all students. Inclusion coaches build the confidence and capability of Queensland state schools to ensure that every student is welcomed at their local school and provided with the same educational opportunities; and that every student has the necessary supports to access, participate and engage in high quality education, free from discrimination.

If you have any questions relating to inclusive education or support provided by inclusion coaches, please contact your child’s school principal or the closest regional education office.

Last updated 26 November 2021