Inclusive education resources

Our vision is to provide inclusive and responsive learning environments that recognize the value of diversity and provide equity of access, opportunity and outcome for all students including students with disabilities and diverse abilities.

Last updated: October 14, 2020

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Ministerial orders and policies supporting inclusive education

Education ministerial orders and policies provide regulated learning standards that promote student success and achievement.

Programs, resources and guidelines for inclusive education

School Districts/Independent School Authorities have the autonomy to develop their own IEP template or choose the SMART Goal Template, or Competency Based IEP Template found on MyEducation BC. Specific templates are not mandated as long as the goals used have measurable outcomes.

Provincial Resource and Outreach Programs are specialized education programs and services that support equitable and accessible education for all students in B.C. These programs are operated through the administrative oversight of school districts.

  • Provincial Outreach Programs provide specialized outreach services supporting school-based teams, students and community to ensure our diverse student population has equitable access to education

  • Provincial Inter-ministerial Programs provide an educational program for school age children and youth from across the province while in attendance at a hospital, mental health, substance use, or custody program established and operated through a provincial ministry/authority

  • Provincial Educational Programs provide a full educational program for school age children and youth in a centralized provincial centre with a specific focus such as BC School for the Deaf

See the Inclusive Education Provincial Resource Program Catalogue for a complete list (PDF)

CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) provincial funding is provided to school districts to support academic achievement and social functioning of vulnerable students. Programs and services can include breakfast, lunch and snack programs, academic supports, counseling, youth workers and after-school programs.

An additional Priority Student Supplement is provided to school districts to support vulnerable students including Children and Youth in Care. This supplement support services like trauma counselling, school breakfast or lunch programs, support in the classroom, recognizing mental-health issues, early intervention and tutoring.

The School Completion (“Evergreen”) Certificate is intended to celebrate success in learning that is not recognized in a Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma). It is used to recognize the accomplishments of students with special needs and an Individual Education Plan, who have met the goals of their education program, other than graduation.

It is important that students and their parents clearly understand that the Evergreen represents the completion of personal learning goals but does not represent graduation.


Children and youth in care

The health and well-being of Children and Youth in Care (CYIC) is the shared responsibility of many community partners, including the Ministry of Education. Children and Youth in Care can be any age (up to 19 years) and from any ethnic or socio- economic background. They may come into care with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or with a Delegated Aboriginal Agency for many different reasons and under different legal statuses.

Joint Planning Guidelines were developed to ensure consistent and continuous support for CYIC:

Cross-agency information sharing and collaboration can be beneficial for the safety and well-being of CYIC. A Guide was created to help understand what CYIC information can be shared under the current legislation:

English Language Learners

An English Language Learning student is defined as a student enrolled in a B.C. school who needs additional English language development support in order to access the provincially mandated curriculum and succeed in the academic environment.

​Refugees and newcomers

Families who arrive in B.C. as refugees have overcome great obstacles and adversity. Awareness and understanding of the backgrounds and needs of students with refugee experience, in addition to their strengths and cultural differences, can help them succeed at school.