Inclusive Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Strategies for the Creation of Inclusive Programmes of Study

A project aiming to support academic staff to improve access to the curriculum for disabled students:

The Open University's Inclusive Teaching Website

The site has practical advice about teaching inclusively and will also help you meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. It gives an insight into what study is like for disabled students, and what you can do to make a difference. The site encourages you to adopt an anticipatory and proactive approach, recognise and meet the learning needs of individuals, and thus create a learning environment that is inclusive by design.

Accessible Assessments - Staff Guide to Inclusive Practice

Practical support to academic staff in the design and delivery of inclusive academic assessments.

Staff-Student Partnership for Assessment Change and Evaluation

One output of this project is an Alternative Assessment Toolkit, applicable to the six disciplines of Arts, Education, Humanities, Human Science, Science and Technology:

In 2007, it also published 'Inclusive Assessment in Higher Education: a resource for change' which includes case studies and provides raw materials for exploring the equity, validity and reliability of assessment regimes:

Promoting Enhanced Student Learning (PESL)

By making small adjustments and speaking to the students about the implications of their disability in the learning and teaching environment, many difficulties faced by students can be can greatly alleviated and the effectiveness of teaching for all students can be enhanced.

Making research education accessible (PREMIA)

The Premia resource base offers awareness and development materials for research supervisors, managers, administrators, examiners, research and generic skills trainers, disabled students and graduates, staff developers, non-disabled researchers, careers advisers and others. The aim of all the materials is to make the research environment more accessible to disabled postgraduate students.

Teachability Project

The Teachability project at the University of Strathclyde promotes the creation of an Accessible Curriculum For Students With Disabilities through making freely available informative publications for academic staff.

Accessible Curricula - good practice for all

A quick-reference manual for curriculum-related disability issues. Includes field trips, work placements and laboratory practicals.

Inclusive Curriculum Project

The project aims to develop, disseminate and embed resources for supporting disabled students studying geography, earth and environmental sciences in higher education and to transfer the genericlessons widely to subject-based academics, educational developers, learning support staff and disability advisers.

South West Academic Network for Disability Support (SWANDS)

A useful staff development resource which may be reproduced for auditing and training purposes. It covers a wide range of accessible learning and teaching practices:

Raising Aspirations, Inclusion, Success and Employability (RAISE)

This project produced a framework of support for students in Higher Education with specific learning difficulties, especially dyslexia. It includes a self-assessment tool that HEIs can use to assess their own provision with reference to the framework:

Disability: Academic Resource Tool (DART)

The project ended in 2005, but the website still provides excellent resources, including case studies of students and an auditing tool which provides access through a searchable database to a wealth of advice and guidance on providing a more accessible curriculum.


An interactive online learning and teaching journal which aims to respond to the learning and teaching needs arising from diversity, and focus on the themes of flexibility and diversity of learning, teaching and assessment approaches. It is based at the University of Derby, UK.

Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

This project undertakes research on inclusion, equality and human rights in relation to education, lifelong learning and other aspects of public policy.


Based at Anglia Ruskin University, this project aims to minimise the barriers to learning experienced by people with different needs and expectations, and enhance the learning experience for all students.