Creating Everyone's Schools

Neighbourhood schools are the heart of our communities.

Inclusive education is about how we develop and design our schools, classrooms, programmes and activities so that all students learn and participate together in their local environment.

Creating Everyone’s School invites you – teachers, learning support staff, caregivers, family members – to explore inclusive education in a real school setting. Contribute your own ideas and learn new strategies to improve and expand your practice. See value in your children and yourself. Be an informed advocate for inclusion and a champion for equity.

PRICE FOR THE TWO DAYS: $150 early bird (until 6 April), $200 full price.

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Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop individual strengths and gifts, as well as high and appropriate expectations for each child.
  • Work on individual goals ensuring participation in the life of the classroom and with other students.
  • Involve parents in their child’s education and in the activities of their school.
  • Foster a school culture of respect and belonging.
  • Facilitate friendships between children, each with their own individual needs and abilities.
  • Positively affect both their school and community to appreciate diversity and inclusion on a broader level.
  • Ensure the right of all children to play, grow and learn together.

The topics of the hands-on workshops will include:

  • Universal design for learning and teaching strategies for diverse classrooms.
  • Working with educational supports, such as those offered by the ministry, therapists and specialists.
  • The role and value of teaching assistants.
  • Developing and running child-centred Individual Education Plans.
  • Understanding and managing anxiety for children.
  • The inclusive mandate in the 8th principle of the NZ Curriculum and the UN Conventions on the rights to inclusive education.


Keynote speakers: Roger Slee - Olive Webb

Roger Slee is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Inclusive Education. He has been a high school teacher and Deputy Director General of the Education Department in Queensland, Australia. He was the Chairperson of Children with Disabilities Australia and is a staunch advocate for inclusive education for all students. His current book The Irregular Schoolwill soon be joined with Inclusive Education Isn't Dead, It Just Smells Funny.


Olive Webb is a NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical). She has a PhD, Diploma of Clinical Psychology, Qualified Autism Service Practitioner - Doctoral level, Diploma of Health Services Management (dist). She is a Fellow and Life Member of the NZ Psychological Society and member of the NZ Psychological Society institute of Clinical Psychology. In 2008 she was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to psychology and intellectual disability. She is a founding director and chair of the Institute of Applied Human Services.

Olive has worked in the area of Intellectual Disability for over 45 years. She has published widely in the specialist field of Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder, focusing on sexual education, challenging and offending behaviour by people who have intellectual disabilities, adults and children with high and complex needs, and various aspects of the healthcare of people who have intellectual disabilities.

Olive has frequently provided assistance to the Courts in their dealing with offenders and victims who have intellectual disabilities.

Olive lives in Hororata in the Selwyn District between the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers, and looks up to Mt Hutt.

We would like to thank our key sponsors IHC, COGS and NZEI.