Inclusive Schooling and Education


Inclusive Schooling and Education

Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Inclusion itself refers that equal opportunities are provided to all the students for their personal growth and enhancement. Inclusive education takes place when diversity and unique contribution of each student brought to the same classroom is equally valued. It is more effective for students with special needs to experience social interactions with all the peers in the school.
Inclusive schools are the one which welcomes all the students to attend age-appropriate, regular classes and supports them to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of the life of the school. Such schools are essential for a quality inclusive education system. Inclusive education is about how to develop and design schools, classrooms, programs and activities so that all students learn and participate together. Inclusion does not simply mean the placement of students with disabilities in general education classes. This process must inculcate fundamental change in the way a school community supports and addresses the individual needs of each child. In such a manner inclusive education not only benefit students with disabilities but also create an environment in which every student, including those who do not have disabilities, has the opportunity to flourish.

A school will be referred to as inclusive when it adapts the models of inclusive education and has certain characteristics, such as:

School climate
The school environment supports teachers in working collaboratively and taking responsibility for each student.

Curriculum instruction and assessment
Students with special learning needs receive differentiated and specific instruction in the general education classroom and are helped to participate in extracurricular activities with the necessary support. The staff develops a school behaviour plan and implements it. All students participate in state and district assessments with needed or approved adaptations and modifications.

Support services
Clinical and other support staff are available in the school community. For instance, shadow teachers are made available for children who have an adjustment problem at school.

Parent involvement
School personnel actively involve parents, including those of students with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds, in all school activities.

Community involvement
School personnel make a concerted effort to reach out to all community members, leaders and organizations.

Resources are available throughout the school, not just in specialized settings or classrooms.

Comprehensive education plan
School’s planning documents and processes address the needs of all students in all areas.

All children benefit from inclusive education. It allows them to develop individual strengths and gifts, with high and appropriate expectations for each child. It helps them to work on individual goals while participating in the life of the classroom with other students of their age. Inclusive education provides opportunities to learn about and accept individual differences, lessening the impact of harassment and bullying. It helps students develop friendships with a wide variety of other children, each with their own individual needs and abilities.
Inclusive approach increases the opportunities for participation and growth in various areas of a child who has a disability, within the educational system of a mainstream school. It helps students in understanding and accepting individual differences while providing personal growth opportunities.

Special Needs team

List of Inclusive Schools in Mumbai: 
The Aditya Birla Integrated School: Fort.
Udayachal High School: Vikhroli east.
S.M.Shetty International School: Powai.
Nahar International School.
Poddar International School: Powai and Khar
Gokuldham group of schools: Goregaon.
Orchid International School.
Vibgyor School. Malad, Goregaon and Borivali
Universal School: Ghatkopar, Dahisar and Malad
Witty International
Billabong International school: Santacruz, Malad, Andheri (West)
New Horizon Scholars School: Thane

Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School
Besant Montessori School
Mount Litera Zee School
Bombay Cambridge Gurukul Group of Schools: Andheri, Malad, Borivali
Next School
D G Khetan
RBK International Academy
Bombay International School
NES International School

——-Updated Jan 2020

  • Rohil Benke
    Posted at 15:31h, 06 February Reply

    This article covers almost all points of what inclusive schooling should be like.. Very Nicely Penned down 👍

  • Yamini
    Posted at 08:11h, 30 October Reply

    Please strike out the name of Witty Intl. Its pre-primary DOES NOT believe in inclusive education and even Vibgyor – (my colleague’s personal experience with her kid)

  • Samindara Sawant
    Posted at 21:53h, 08 July Reply

    Hello …. Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School at Andheri West is one of the forerunners of inclusive education for past 20 years….. kindly do include the name in this list!

    Posted at 00:29h, 23 October Reply

    Are there any such schools in the Wadala, Antop Hill, Sion area or nearabots?

    • Little Pods
      Posted at 14:17h, 05 December Reply

      Hi, below are few schools around the area
      Don Bosco IB board
      St. Joseph’s High School
      Podar Jumbo Kids

      • Rushie
        Posted at 08:51h, 24 February Reply

        Is there any good inclusive school in thane…plaza let me know…I m searching for my 9 yrs old daughter

        • admin
          Posted at 21:41h, 26 May Reply

          In Thane
          New Horizon
          Orchids International
          Hiranandani Foundation

  • Krupa
    Posted at 14:32h, 26 March Reply

    Yes do include….. Bhaktivedant swami mission school in Andheri West

  • Krithika
    Posted at 15:58h, 03 October Reply

    Anything in Mulund? Also is Billabong Thane on this list? Do they allow shadow teachers?

    • KirtiShah
      Posted at 12:06h, 20 October Reply

      Yes, Billabong Thane is open for Shadow Teachers.
      Mulund has NEXT School

  • Jitendra Khatri
    Posted at 18:55h, 06 March Reply

    I might move to mumbai. My son is 14 yrs old and he is mild autistic with bit learning difficulty. Currently he is class 7 and getting very good extra support (special educator, modified syllabus, etc) from school in NOIDA.

    He loves playing cricket (a fast bowler) and hates math and study in general 🙂

    What would be the recommended inclusive school for him… my office might be on church gate and we can plan residence according to son’s school. Our life revolves around him

    • akash
      Posted at 16:33h, 19 March Reply

      Dear Jitendra,
      Thank you for reaching us.
      Yes, inclusive schooling is recommended. Which school and the possible therapies can be discussed at length. Please feel free to reach out on 9167240058

  • Jaison Fernandes
    Posted at 14:06h, 11 June Reply

    Hi I am living in Kandivali West, My son is diagnosed with Autism and we are looking for inclusive school for him, can you help.

    • KirtiShah
      Posted at 20:14h, 14 June Reply

      Dear Jaison,
      Thank you for reaching us. Yes, we can help you with different schools in the vicinity and their approach.

  • Sanjay
    Posted at 14:31h, 29 September Reply

    Which Orchid International School is an inclusive school ? I checked with the Kurla & they said they are not an inclusive school.

  • Pavithra asari
    Posted at 08:10h, 03 November Reply

    i am in dombivli west. pls recommend some inclusive schools for my twin kids b/g. my dd has speech delay and mild symptoms of adhd and asd plzz. 2 and half years old.

  • Ajay Raut
    Posted at 16:36h, 22 January Reply

    We are relocating from bangalore to Mumbai.
    My son is 8 years old, he has mild Adhd, but still he able to cope up at a normal school setup with the hwlp of shadow teacher.

    We are looking for a school in thane, which is inclusive with a special educator suppprt and can allow shadow teachers.

    Please suggest any schoolin Thane or mumbai which has these facilities and really do the inclusion for differently able kids.

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 09:05h, 24 January Reply

      Thank you Mr Raut for reaching Little Pods.

      Thane has a couple of schools with good inclusion practice, few of which are mentioned in the above list.
      I would like to specifically understand your son’s requirement to suggest a few schools. Also his current board, so that if possible same can be continued.
      Please feel free to reach out on 9167240058 for a detailed conversation.

  • Sanjay Kumar
    Posted at 11:39h, 14 February Reply

    Please add Panbai International at Santacruz West.

  • Sanjay
    Posted at 09:30h, 09 March Reply

    Billabong Andheri (W) is not an inclusive school. We spoke to them and they said they don’t support inclusive education.

    Pls remove this name from the list.

  • Bharti Singh
    Posted at 09:40h, 09 April Reply

    I am about to move to Mumbai. Most likely byculla area. Please suggest any inclusive school in the vicinity. My son is 9 years old. Thanks.

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 08:23h, 13 May Reply

      Dear Bharti, Aditya Birla it is at fort. Orchids The International School, DY Patil at Worli are few options.

      Pls feel free to content for Special Education Consultancy, so that we understand your child’s needs and suggest schools and educational boards.

  • Sugra kothari
    Posted at 16:32h, 25 April Reply

    Hii i m looking for a inclusive school in mazgaon dockyard area. My daughter is 9years old.

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 08:14h, 13 May Reply

      Hello, You may want to consider Diamond Jubilee High School and Universal School. Podar ORT is also a good option.

  • Priyanka
    Posted at 18:19h, 06 February Reply

    Hello ma’am I am looking school for my 4 year old down’s kid… Plz suggested some school in bhandup west…

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 05:26h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Priyanka,

      Thank you for reaching Little Pods.
      For a child with Down’s syndrome, it is important to consider the skill sets and the board you are looking at. Please feel reach to reach us at 9167240058 for a specialised consultancy and school reviews.

  • Keerthi Setty
    Posted at 06:36h, 14 February Reply

    I’m living in Dombivli n searching for an inclusive schools in Kalyan – dombivli for my autistic son

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 07:08h, 14 February Reply

      Hi Keerthi,
      Orchids International and Lodha world School are 2 that I can think on top of my mind. Educational board, grade and child’s profile to be understood before taking a decision.

  • ST
    Posted at 15:59h, 06 April Reply

    I’m looking for a good inclusive school for my 9 year old son in Pune. He is high functioning ASD, and requires little support at school in form of shadow teachers.

    • Kirti Shah
      Posted at 05:38h, 08 April Reply

      Hey Sahiba, Pune has inclusive schools supporting SEN, permitting Shadow Teachers as well, however the wellbeing aka Resource Team might not be very sufficient. Also Please let me know in which vicinity of Pune are you looking for schools?

  • B C Rabha
    Posted at 14:23h, 10 May Reply

    any inclusive school near Vile parle west , mumbai for 9 year old daughter. please suggest

  • Preeti
    Posted at 19:05h, 15 January Reply

    Hi ! Looking for an inclusive school for my 9 year old son. In Dombivali…he has low vision issue

  • Debraj Hazra
    Posted at 20:14h, 08 March Reply


    We are about to relocate to Mumbai from Kolkata.. my son is 9 and has mild autism.. though he is chopping up with regular course at school, yet face difficulties with his mother tongue Bengali.. Burdened with the syllabi, we didn’t give him any 3rd language till now. We are unaware whether he will be able to adopt any other second language like Hindi or Marathi.. please help whether can we give him to any inclusive school at Mumbai or we should continue him with Kolkata for his schooling. Will appreciate your call at 7033095095.

  • Nidhi Agarwal
    Posted at 17:55h, 07 May Reply

    Please suggest a school for ADHD kid in Mumbai. Preferred area is Thane and Navi Mimbai

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