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Equity and excellence in education: creating a system that is fair and inclusive for all

Australian federal election 2022 Student support Education equity Educational evaluation Australia

Education inequity does not exist on its own, but is linked with other ‘wicked’ social problems like poverty and homelessness. Addressing education inequity – when there are limited resources to address complex social problems - requires systemwide change, including a commitment to invest in inclusive programs and people, and creating shared responsibility between stakeholder groups, including parents, carers and communities.

To achieve equity, students must receive quality educational opportunities regardless of their background. Student strengths and knowledge gained outside schools can be better integrated into the curriculum and assessment.

Learning that is intentionally inclusive and contextualised to support individual students’ needs and circumstances will also likely yield the best educational and broader social outcomes.

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