IPD0175 - Inclusion Matters


Inclusion Matters is a four-month executive leadership programme supported by Lien Foundation for leaders in the field of special and inclusive education. The programme provides facilitated opportunities for leaders from different segments of the special and inclusive education ecosystem to come together to better understand each other’s vision, practices and challenges.

Inclusion Matters is funded by Project Genie (Greatly Enhanced Networks in Education), an initiative by the National Institute of Education (NIE), an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and philanthropic organisation, the Lien Foundation. Project Genie is a broad capability enhancement initiative with programmes targeted at different levels from student teachers to sector leaders. This is to encourage interdisciplinary learning and advance educator abilities to cater for the diverse needs and the inclusion of students with special educational needs.


Participants will engage in critical reflection of themselves as individual leaders as well as leaders of an interconnected network of stakeholders in a system. Through this programme, participants will:

  • Appreciate the professional, cultural, and organisational contexts, and challenges in supporting children with special educational needs in Singapore.
  • Examine the current perspectives, approaches and assumptions related to special and inclusive education as well as the effectiveness in promoting and improving special and inclusive education.
  • Share best practices across systems and catalyse the development of whole-school support structures for children with special educational needs.

The programme will center on the following six themes:

Leading Self: Mindsets and Beliefs

  • Philosophy of education of children with special educational needs
  • Critical reflection on own beliefs, values and mindsets, and its impact on own leadership practices

Leading Change: Strategy and Vision

  • School envisioning and culture building
  • Mental health

Leading Learning: Curriculum and Instruction

  • Effective inclusive practices in early childhood
  • Evidence-based practices in special education
  • Data-driven decision making and evaluation of instructional practice

Leading Teams

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Shifting mindsets

Leading in Systems: Partnerships and Stakeholders

  • Building partnerships to support the early childhood years to adulthood

Leading the Future: Collaboration and Aspirations

  • Research in special education
  • Leading in a VUCA environment

Note: The items listed here are some sample topics to be covered under each theme. The final list of topics covered in the programme may differ slightly.

  • School Leaders from mainstream and SPED schools and Centre Leaders from Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC) centres
  • School Leaders from preschools
  • Key Personnel, Teacher Leaders and SEN Champions from mainstream and SPED schools
  • Lead/Senior SEN Officers
  • Leaders (e.g., psychologists, allied health professionals, employment support professionals) from social service agencies, disability support, community mental health and hospital settings
  • Leaders from divisions and agencies at MOE, NCSS/MSF and MOH involved in supporting persons with disabilities

Applicants should:

  • Have relevant qualifications in general education or special education.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the leadership role related to supporting students with special educational needs.

29 July - 2 August 2024;

19 - 23 August 2024;

16 - 20 September 2024; and

21 - 25 October 2024.

Time9.00am to 5.00pm
 VenueNational Institute of Education

*Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances

Selected participants for the programme will be sponsored by Lien Foundation.

31 March 2024

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications via e-mail.

To apply for the programme, please click here.

Email the application form and supporting documents from your school leaders/employers to Ms Teo Li Chien at [email protected].

To find out more regarding the programme, please click here.

For course administrative matters, please contact Ms Teo Li Chien at [email protected].

For other matters, please contact [email protected] with Inclusion Matters in the subject title.