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Registered Nurse Must Be Maintained At Special Education School In St Ives

The NSW Teachers Federation demands the retention of a Registered Nurse (RN) position at Sir Eric Woodward School for Special Purposes at St Ives.

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Teachers rise to the challenge

There is no question that adjusting to remote learning during the current COVID-19 lockdown is affecting all teachers, students and school communities, however, the situation for teachers in schools for specific purposes (SSP) and support units is particularly complex.

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Inspiring others to find their inner ‘powers’

It would be wonderful to see schools recognising and implementing strategies to support teachers with multiple sclerosis (MS), so they can stay as valued members of the workforce, said North Curl Curl Public School teacher Maxine Gourley.

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Learning and support teachers

There are multiple roles teachers fill in contributing to the support of students with disability and additional learning and support needs including the learning and support team, the classroom teacher and the Learning and Support Teacher (LaST).

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Disability: secret report exposes new wave

A confidential NSW government report has shed light on a critical and burgeoning challenge for public education as the number of students with disabilities is predicted to grow by 50 per cent in the decade to 2027.

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Media release: Students with disability to increase by 50% within a decade

A confidential NSW Department of Education disability strategy obtained under FOI laws has revealed inadequacies in planning for the state’s students with disabilities.

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Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds with Disabilities

What are the main issues and concerns raised by young CALD people living with a disability?

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Department advice on disability data collection during COVID

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) provides information about the number of students with disability in schools and the adjustments they receive.

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Students with disabilities left behind

As new reports highlight the growing funding gap between public and private students, research during the pandemic reveals that parents of students with a disability felt their children had been “left behind by Australia’s education system” during the crisis.

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Staffing win helping to support students with disability during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard our classes and teachers of students with disability. Responsive staff, additional staffing and the loud call for a targeted response to unique site and student needs relieved what threatened to be a disastrous outcome.

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SSP and IEC teachers addressing additional complications to provide remote learning

Teachers in Schools for Special Purposes and Intensive English Centres are working with a unique set of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic as they strive to provide educational continuity for students with special needs and English as an additional language or dialect requirements.

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Support the safety of all

Safety in schools for teachers, support staff and students is paramount.

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Federation negotiations secure extra staff for SSPs

A Federation campaign has helped secure $37 million funding for extra staff across all Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) during 2020.

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Enabling Equity

Programming for students with disability in regular classes in mainstream schools

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Enabling Equity

Survey results to inform campaign directions

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Enabling Equity

Inadequate government funding for students with disability continues to put increasing pressure on all public school settings as they work to meet the learning needs of all their students.

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Madelain Frazer, Lakeside school

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Enabling Equity

It’s Time to act for equality for students with disability

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Quality education for all requires us all

​Federation has launched a statewide campaign aimed at achieving tangible improvements and equitable resourcing for students with disability in public education.

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Have your say on resourcing for students with disability and their schools

Your union wants to hear from school teachers about the extent of inadequate targeted support funding for students with additional needs, as part of the Time to Act campaign.

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Enabling Equity

And so we shift gears. The election outcome is a particularly bruising one for students with disability.

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