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The Restrictive Practices Framework

Federation recognises that every attempt must be made to minimise, reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices in schools and is committed to working towards this goal.

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Reform funding on need

The proportion of students with higher needs in NSW public schools has grown significantly. In 2002, one in 25 students had a disability; now one in five students in metropolitan schools and more than one in three in remote schools are receiving an adjustment to their support due to disability.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme in schools: put simply

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delays.

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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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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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Steadfast support for closing the gap

In Australia, one person is born every one minute and 44 seconds — and based on current trends, two-thirds of those will attend public schools.

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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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Support the safety of all

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

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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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