Extra resources and teacher training opportunities to help students with a disability is on its way as a result of revisions to the More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD)initiative.
Victorian Government schools will receive an extra $18.5 million and Queensland Government schools an extra $16.7 million to implement revisions to their plans. The boost means that Victorian and Queensland Government schools will share $105.3 million over the life of the program.
Independent and Catholic schools across Australia will also receive extra funds with $22.7 million allocated to non-government school programs. Independent schools across Australia will receive $18.3 million and Catholic Schools will receive $47 million over the life of the program.
Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has applauded the work of the Queensland and Victorian State Governments and non-government school sector for their commitment to students with disability and learning difficulties.
“The MSSD initiative helps schools and teachers better address the needs of students with a disability,” Mr Pyne said.
“Queensland is continuing its focus on building teacher capacity and is developing customised curriculum resources.
“Victoria is implementing a range of strategies including boosting a state-wide autism coaching model to increase the skills of classroom teachers.
“The Australian Government is dedicated to improving outcomes for school students with disability and we recognise the need to continue to work with states, territories and education authorities to achieve greater results.”
The MSSD initiative has been in place since 2012 with the aim of providing a more inclusive classroom culture and improving the education of students with a disability.
Mr Pyne said the mid-point review of the program showed the current work being done by the states and territories is achieving great results.
The review identified key strengths in educating students with disability including:
- importance of the Disability Standards for Education 2005;
- increase in the use of assistive technology and associated professional development;
- empowering schools through access to international experts, allied health professionals, online learning, and professional development in curriculum differentiation;
- strengthening of relationships and engagement with parents, families and carers.
“I look forward to receiving the revised MSSD Implementation Plans from the other states and territories as we work towards further improvements."
A copy of the review can be found on the Department of Education website.