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Inclusive education

Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It is about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential, Inclusion should be reflected in an organisation’s culture, practices and relationships that are in place to support a diverse community.

Ubuntu at St George’s Grammar School has for many years been the prevailing philosophy. The norms that were developed together and the value placed on community and co-operation has made this community of difference one of a few in the forefront of inclusive education. 

Inclusive education is rooted in a philosophical and ethical position that all children should have educational rights and opportunities and so it stands to reason that Inclusive education and Ubuntu are intertwined and one cannot succeed without the other.

OLC, IPLC & Bethany

In living out our philosophy of inclusive education we have three specialist classes on the campus where children with more specific learning challenges that cannot be met by mainstream education are assisted. 

The Olive Learning Centre (OLC) caters for children between the ages of 6 and 9 years, the Intermediate Phase Learning Centre (IPLC) caters for children between the ages 10 to 13 years, while Bethany House assists children between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

In these small classes, with a maximum of 10 pupils, each pupil has their own personalised individual education plan (IEP) and integrate into appropriate mainstream classes, where possible, to enable them to reach their full potential. Part of their learning plan includes library, computer, art and music periods, as well as integrating into mainstream activities such as sport, choir, camps, chapel to name a few.

The Inclusive Education Department includes a co-ordinator who oversees all aspects of the department as well as works with the Intermediate Phase (IP) pupils, a Foundation Phase (FP) support and enrichment teacher, IP and FP assistants, a specialist who provides expert tuition in mathematics, reading and cognitive skills. Occupational therapists, Speech and Language therapist, a physiotherapist as well as a psychologist.