How to make your curriculum and lessons accessible and inclusive

Get advice on how to make your curriculum accessible and inclusive for any pupils who are disabled or neurodivergent. Understand how to make sure all pupils are represented in your teaching materials and displays.

Last reviewed on 4 March 2024
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Contents
  1. Think about why this is important
  2. Ask your school community for help
  3. How to make your curriculum accessible
  4. How to make your curriculum inclusive and representative
  5. Dedicate CPD time to educate your staff about inclusion and accessibility

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Think about why this is important

Your school community is more likely to commit to long-lasting change if everyone is clear on why you're trying to make your curriculum and lessons more accessible.

Get all governors and senior leaders on the same page by having an away day or workshop to define why you want to do this, and how.

You need to make your curriculum as accessible as possible to everyone, because disability is a protected characteristic. Not doing so could count as discrimination It means all pupils can follow their passions and access all subjects  It’s important to represent disabled pupils in your curriculum, such as in the books you choose to teach (see below for more information on this). This is so they can see themselves in the curriculum, but also so stigma around