Can educational inclusion, equity and excellence co-exist?

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Can educational inclusion, equity and excellence co-exist?
6:00pm – 7:30pm (Melbourne time zone)
Online live stream


"The highest performing education systems across OECD countries are those that combine quality with equity." (OECD, 2012)

All students are diverse in their aptitude for learning, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Sometimes differences are used as a justification for excluding learners, arguing that including them will adversely affect school results and evaluations. Some educators also justify exclusion on the basis that they lack the skills to educate students with certain characteristics.

However, International research suggests that responding to diversity is the pathway to bringing about improvements that will benefit all students. Indeed, British researcher Mel Ainscow argues, "inclusion and equity is the way to achieve excellent education systems". This suggests that inclusion should not be an afterthought, but the starting point for the creation of education systems that are excellent.

In celebration of World Teachers' Day and National Children's Week, join us as we focus on this important global debate. Facilitated by Australian journalist, author, radio and television presenter, Virginia Trioli, you will have the opportunity to hear from our esteemed panel as they address the following key questions related to the idea of creating excellent, equitable and inclusive school systems:

  • Why is a concern with inclusion and equity critical in creating excellent education systems?
  • How can teachers be supported in fostering inclusion and equity?
  • What are the implications for school organisation and leadership?

Our series of Global Critical Conversations welcomes a line-up of distinguished scholars, educators and industry representatives to share their insights and engage in dialogue focusing on the Monash Education Research priorities and in particular fostering fair and sustainable futures.

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