ESS599 Inclusive Education Legislation, Policy and Resourcing (8)

The subject provides a focus on the current legislative and policy basis for inclusion with emphasis on international, national and state legislation, policies and standards. In addition, the subject provides the opportunity to write a school-based policy to promote greater awareness and application of inclusive practices in schools. Students will apply the knowledge gained in their previous coursework with reference to effective inclusive practice at the school, class and child level with new knowledge of legislation, policy and resourcing to provide appropriate services to children with additional needs. The assessment items for this subject will enable students to analyse and reflect on policy for inclusion and apply their knowledge of the provision of services to students with additional needs, to policy design and development.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESS599. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the social, moral, cultural, legal, educational and political influences on the development of inclusive policy and legislation;
  • be able to describe the relationship between principles, legislation, policies and practice in inclusive education;
  • be able to critically analyse relevant legislation between principles, legislation, policies and practice in inclusive education;
  • be able to define the characteristics of effective policy as reflected in the development of a policy rating scale that reflects key effectiveness criteria and is subject to peer feedback;
  • be able to analyse policy and evaluate current inclusive education policy documents using the rating scale developed in the subject; and,
  • be able to write an inclusive education policy that scales up what is known from best practice in inclusion.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Influences
  • Relationships
  • Analysis of Legislation
  • Effective Policy
  • Analysis of Policy
  • Policy Development

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ESS599 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment 1 components a & b
Assessment item 2 components a & b

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.