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In the Learning Differences Programme, we envision a world where students with learning differences are agents of their own learning success and are supported by educators and environments that expect, embrace and respond to diverse learner profiles.


We support teacher development, student engagement and parental understanding to enable students to follow their own individual paths to lifelong learning success. We seek partners who design and create learning environments that are informed by student voices, neuroscience, personalised learning best practices and universal design concepts.


Download our Strategic Framework document. This framework reflects the strategic direction of Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Programme. It is not meant to serve as a framework for other organizations focused on education and learning differences. It reflects our effort to prioritize our resources based on our knowledge, experience and context.


In this Introduction video, the programme director Stacy Parker-Fisher talks about their work with partners and the challenges that they are facing today.


In addition to the overall principles of Oak Foundation, our programme strategy is based on the following core beliefs:





Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.


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Changeable and unique
learner profiles

Each learner possesses a diverse set of cognitive, social, and emotional assets, knowledge, skills, interests and preferences. These characteristics interact to form a unique learner profile that changes over time.


Understanding how =
Academic success

Students, particularly those with learning differences, can achieve greater academic success when they understand how they learn and use that knowledge to plan for and adapt to learning environments and advocate for themselves as learners.


Embrace differences -
Personalise education

Educators should expect and embrace students’ diverse learner profiles and have the knowledge and tools to personalise their instruction based on these profiles.


Parental education
and support

Parents should understand their child’s unique learner profile and have the tools to advocate for him/her.


Accountable education

Education systems should hold themselves accountable for the success of their students who learn differently.


Success measured using
multiple frameworks

Student success should be defined using accountability frameworks with multiple indicators of academic performance as well as measures of social and emotional wellbeing, persistence and engagement.