Schools try out a ‘can do’ approach to funding for disabled students

For decades, desperate families wanting to secure disability funding from their state school have had to go through the confronting process of describing exactly what their children can’t do. But that’s set to change, with the Andrews government trialling a new assessment that focuses on the strengths of students with disability, instead of their weaknesses.

Online Teachers Toolkit

The Teachers’ Toolkit aims to help teachers feel more confident to engage and support their students with little or no speech, by equipping them with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations. Designed for busy teachers, the toolkit is intuitive with easy-to-navigate topics and interactive checklists that summarise key points.

Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disabilities in Victoria

This study focused on the current experiences of children with disability in Victorian mainstream government schools by applying a human rights analysis. The findings of this report were based on nearly 100 interviews with former students, school staff (including principals, teachers and support staff), and individuals working to support and represent them. The result of these interviews revealed that some government schools continue to discriminate against students with a disability by turning them away. Moreover, those students with a disability who are enrolled and in the classroom are not receiving appropriately designed and implemented adjustments. 

New Course To Grow Disability Support Workforce

Victorians looking to upskill or start work in the disability sector will now have access to a new TAFE course to help them find a job or go on to study courses eligible under the Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative.

Private schools that misrepresent disability enrolments could face fraud charges

The government’s allocation of per-student disability funding came under fire from the Catholic school sector this week, with the Victorian director of the Catholic Education Commission, Stephen Elder, claiming independent schools were “raking in millions” from the scheme because of “subjective teacher assessments” of students.

Concerns for students with disabilities as national report reveals widespread bullying, assaults and suicide taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some … Continued

Urgent action needed on school funding

In the wake of the Gonski 2.0 report released yesterday, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to urgently address the gaping resource shortages facing public schools under the Government’s current school funding agenda.

Parents of disabled students raise concerns over Vic bus company

Concerns have been raised about the suitability of a bus service for students with a disability at a school in regional Victoria. A mother at the Ballarat Specialist School says no one can tell her how her 7 year-old boy lost his tooth when he was injured on the bus home from school. Another parent says the school contracted a bus with a turning staircase to pick up her daughter, who uses a wheelchair.

Disability professionals Survey

Closing date: March 9, 2018

The purpose of this survey is to determine whether Registered Training Units of Study are prioritised in disability sector professional learning. It will help inform our future training provision and shouldn’t take more than a minute to complete.

Children should be the focus of 2018

Education in 2017 was a year dominated by funding formulas, NAPLAN and challenges over supporting children with a disability. According to the latest Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD), more than 470,000 (12.4%) school students received some form of support due to a disability that required extra funding.