Implementing Inclusive Education

Matthew Schuelka

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This rapid review synthesises evidence and literatures on the key elements of successful implementation of inclusive education. This includes a clear concept and definition of inclusive education. Second element is concrete inclusive education targets, indicators, measures, and outcomes. Third, an understanding of existing structural, educational, and cultural challenges to successful implementation. Fourth, a well-designed implementation strategy that includes a clear plan, evaluation, and school review process. Fifth, providing inclusive education training, sustained support, and resources for all teachers and school leaders. Final element is national leadership on inclusive education policy, education management information systems, curricular-reform, and coordinating social systems such as inclusive education and inclusive employment. In addition to this, this review also identifies that inclusive education is a continuous process of educational transformation, and a clear set of equity indicators – such as from UNESCO (2017) – can support inclusive education implementation

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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