About Inclusive Education WA (IEWA)
Inclusive Education WA is a resource for schools and school staff across WA to access if they want to ensure that their schools environment is safe and inclusive for everyone, including for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) students, staff and families.
Inclusive Education WA focuses on building the knowledge, confidence and capacity of school staff to improve the learning environments for SSAIGD students. We acknowledge the diversity of WA school communities and our philosophy is to not add to school staff's work load, but to simply teach them ways to make sure that what they are already doing is inclusive of all member of their school community.
We know that small changes can make a big difference and we are here to show you how!
Inclusive Education WA has two key aims:
- Reduce homophobic and transphobic behaviour and intersex prejudice in Australian schools; and
- Increase support for, and actively include, SSAIGD school students, staff and families.
This is one part of a strategy to deliver on the aims of the National Safe Schools Framework, endorsed by all Ministers for Education in 2010. The National Safe Schools Frameworks aims to build schools where diversity is valued, where the risk from all types of harm is minimised and all members of the school community feel respected, included and supported.
We can achieve this by providing a suite of supports and resources that schools can pick and choose from based on their school context and needs. Support is free, voluntary and available to all schools across WA
The research clearly shows that despite rarely being visible in the school community, LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) or SSAIGD students are likely to exist in every Australian school. The research also suggests that school is often the key place where SSAIGD students experience homophobic and transphobic bullying or harassment. This is known to not only impact their schooling and educational outcomes but can also impact their health and wellbeing beyond school. Importantly, the research also shows that inclusive and supportive schools can make a real difference in the lives of SSAIGD students, staff and families.
What we do
Staff Professional Development – From whole staff presentations to specialised training modules, our staff trainings draw on current national and international research and best practice knowledge to build school staffs confidence, knowledge and understanding of supporting SSAIGD diversity and provide practical tips and strategies for creating positive change.
Support for schools with transgender or gender diverse students – We support schools with trans or gender diverse students who wants to affirm their gender at school. Inclusive Education WA staff use their best practice knowledge and experience supporting schools all across WA to ensure a smooth and successful transition for all members for the school community. If you are after more information you may find our resource – ‘Guide to supporting students to affirm their gender at school’ – useful or you can get in touch for further information and support.
Policy advice and consultation – We provide tailored support and guidance for schools wanting to establish or update policies that are inclusive of their LGBTI community members. Ensuring that SSAIGD students, staff and families are clearly and explicitly protected in school policy is an important part of ensuring that SSAIGD community member feel seen, heard and valued.
Resource distributions – We have a range of FREE best practice resource guides for school staff which provide comprehensive guidance on creating more inclusive school environments. We also have a range of print based and electronic displayable resources, such as posters, to help school celebrate SSAIGD diversity. We develop our resources based on the needs of our schools and where we do not have a specific resource available we will endeavour to find something that will meet your needs.
All of Us - We have a curriculum based resources called All Of Us which maps onto the Australian year 7/8 Health and Physical Education curriculum and allows staff from anywhere with any level of knowledge to better teach about SSAIGD diversity in the classroom. It focuses on helping students build an awareness and understanding of diversity in the community and to foster empathy. All Of Us was developed by a team of professional experts and was independently reviewed as being age appropriate, educationally sound and aligned to the Australian Curriculum. School leadership, teachers, and communities are best placed to make professional judgements about using All Of Us in the context of their school and curriculum planning and we recommend obtaining parent consent prior to using All Of Us in the classroom.
Membership – Membership is just one from the suite of resources and supports that Inclusive Education WA offers to schools across WA to create more inclusive school environments. Membership is free and voluntary and simply allows schools to make a visible commitment to supporting diversity and continuing work in this area. Schools should communicate their plans to become a member proudly to their whole school community. If your school is interested in becoming a member school you can find more information on our membership from or by contacting us.
Support for individual staff members – School staff from any school can contact Inclusive Education WA for any information or advice for how to best support LGBTI diversity. From needing an inclusive text for a particular class, to hearing a word in the school yard you don’t quite understand, to brainstorming ideas for responding to problematic language or planning for a special event, we are always here for a chat.
Inclusive Education WA can also provide school survey tools, support for inclusive initiatives such as formals or balls, curriculum advice, support for student led initiatives and much more at the request of schools.
By becoming a member school, schools commit to building learning environments that do not tolerate homophobic and transphobic bullying, and is safe and inclusive for the whole school community.
Membership is free and available to all schools and is simply a visible commitment to supporting diversity at your school.
If your school is interested in becoming a member school you can find more information on our membership form or by contacting us.
Inclusive Education WA currently has 33 member schools, some are listed in the PDF at the bottom of this page.
Services and further support
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Inclusive Education WA would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country throughout Australia, and their strength, resilience and connection to land and community. In particular, Inclusive Education WA would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.
Inclusive Education WA is funded by the WA Department of Education and is a service of the WA AIDS Council.
Inclusive Education WA builds on from the work of Safe Schools Coalition Australia which was federally funded by the Department of Education and Training and convened nationally by FYA until 2017 and before that Safe Schools Coalition Victoria model which was founded by FYA and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria in 2010.