2018 QUT Inclusive Education Forum – Lessons learned, Actions needed

This year’s forum focused on the theme of Lessons learned, Actions needed. This event discussed some of the successes and challenges currently informing inclusive education practice, and provided stakeholders with positive and effective approaches that are supported by research evidence. View the full program.

The forum was held at the Gardens Theatre Foyer, QUT Gardens Point Campus.

Senator Jordon Steele-John (Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia) Laying the Foundations of Equality: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Education
Professor Linda Graham (QUT) – What is Inclusive Education
Ms Deborah Dunstone and Mr Christopher Lassig (Queensland Department of Education) DET Inclusive Education Policy Statement
Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole (University of Sheffield) “Bedding In??” or “Dead and Buried?” Lessons from England for ‘Reform’ of Inclusive Education
Kelly Jeppesen, Lyn Griffiths and Juliane Lewis (Dakabin State School) – Our Inclusive Education Journey



Assessment and learning for everyone: Taking advantage of opportunities for positive change


The introduction of new processes and greater prescription around assessment with new Senior Curriculum and Assessment in Queensland from 2019 is already bringing substantial changes to many practices in schools, and not just in Year 12.

On 23 April 2018,  Dr Jill Willis, Professor Linda Graham, Haley Tancredi and Dr Sonia White spoke about some of the new ways that assessment can better serve the interests of students. They discussed how can we design assessment reform to benefit students by reducing barriers and frustration in order to improve achievement, and benefit schools through improved student achievement, through innovations that reduce teacher workload while enhancing assessment capability.

Additional resources that were shared during the presentations included the Strengthening Student Assessment website and an open access paper about designing out barriers in secondary assessment tasks. 

The slides of these presentations can be found here: Willis_Assessment opportunities inspired by the new changes in senior assessment; Graham and Tancredi_Designing out barriers to access and participation; White_Why do we use eye-tracking in research and what can it tell us.


Dr Jill Willis – Assessment opportunities inspired by the new changes in senior assessment



Professor Linda Graham & Haley Tancredi – Designing out barriers to access and participation



Dr Sonia White – Why do we use eye-tracking in research and what can it tell us?




Communication is a human right: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Professor Sharynne McLeod (Charles Sturt University), Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan & Haley Tancredi (QUT)








This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 19 of the UDHR supports communication as a human right and states “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology has published a special issue titled: “Communication is a human right: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, guest edited by Professor Sharynne McLeod.

On 22 February 2018, Professor McLeod will discuss the special issue and the right to communication. Her presentation will be followed by presentations by the authors of two papers published in the upcoming special issue, Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan and Ms Haley Tancredi.

Why school is bad for us: lessons we need to learn: Visiting Scholar, Prof Jonathan Rix  (The Open University, UK)  


On Thursday 23 November 2017, Prof. Rix discussed how school can create divisions among learners and provided solutions as to how we can bridge the gap.


Trauma Aware Schooling: Building Knowledge Skills and Practice


The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference took place on 15 & 16 October 2017 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Conference attendees discussed, learned about and responded to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools.

Click here for a Storify tweet story of the Conference.



Inclusive Education Forum: “What do we need to DO to make inclusion happen?”


On Wednesday 6 September 2017, #SELB hosted the Inclusive Education Forum in partnership with CRU, All Means All, and the Queensland Department of Education and Training.


Alastair McEwin (Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner) – Inclusive education: Assumptions, expectations, outcomes
Dr Lisa Bridle (Community Resource Unit LtdParent advocacy for inclusive schools: The critical role of families in speaking out for change
Catia Malaquias (Starting with Julius & All Mean All – Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education) – Human right to inclusive education: Meaning and scope as explained by General Comment No. 4 on Article 24 UN CRPD
Dr Kate De Bruin (Monash University) – Needs-based adjustment: The NCCD is about teaching, not just reporting
Professor Linda Graham (Queensland University of Technology) – What is ‘quality differentiated practice’ and why does it matter?
Loren Swancutt (Thuringowa State High School) – Thuringowa State High School: A case study in inclusive school reform

Teacher education for inclusive education: Form, content and impact ~ Visiting Scholar, Assoc. Prof  Elizabeth Walton (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)  

On Friday 30 June 2017, Associate Professor Elizabeth Walton delivered a public lecture which considered the form, content and impact of teacher education for inclusive education and argued that teacher education for inclusive education needs the development of a language of practice that is grounded in systematic, propositional professional knowledge.




The Current State and Future of Inclusive Education ~ Visiting Scholar, Prof. Roger Slee (University of South Australia) 

On 4 April 2017 at QUT Kelvin Grove, Prof. Roger Slee delivered a public lecture on the current state and future of inclusive education in Australia.



Oral language skills and the transition to literacy ~ Visiting Scholar, Prof. Pamela Snow (La Trobe University, Victoria)    

This presentation (available via the video recording above) outlines the developmental importance of early oral language competence, both for the emergence of prosocial interpersonal skills and for the transition to literacy in the first three years of school. (17/01/2017)

Click here for a Storify tweet story of the presentation.





Achievement Emotions: Functions, Origins, and Implications for Practice ~ Prof. Reinhard Pekrun (University of Munich)

This presentation provided an in-depth discussion of the importance of achievement emotions in terms of students’ learning, performance, and well-being. It also explained the development and regulation of these emotions. (09/12/2016)



2016 National Summit on Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour



The 2016 Summit featured presentations by international experts in school discipline policy and practice, including Professor Russell Skiba and Professor Stephen Lamb. These experts examined where and how “traditional” teacher-centred styles and strict school discipline have been tried previously, why they failed, and what we can and should do instead. The Summit received Channel 7 News coverage.


2015 National Summit on Student Engagement, Learning & Behaviour



The 2015 Summit program included keynote presentations by Dr Andrew Martin, an expert in student motivation and engagement, Professor John Smyth, who specialises in pedagogies for disadvantaged school contexts, and Maxine McKew, who discussed the successes and challenges facing Australian classrooms. The Summit received coverage in the Courier Mail.