Every Student, Every School – at a glance

Every Student, Every School is a learning and support framework for students with additional needs and their teachers.

Every Student, Every School is structured around a learning and support framework for students with disability, learning difficulties or behaviour support needs; and for their teachers.

Learning and support resources are allocated directly to schools through equity loading for disability in school RAM allocations. These resources are in addition to targeted support already provided for individual students with disability who have moderate and high level learning support needs.

Find out more in the Every Student, Every School section.

November 2017 – applications are currently open for the Learning and Support scholarship.

In 2012, the Department of Education introduced Every Student, Every School, an initiative to strengthen education provisions for students with disability and additional learning needs in all NSW government schools through a strong focus on professional learning and support for teachers and support staff.

Every Student, Every School was developed and implemented in response to a number of key challenges, including issues identified in the 2010 Legislative Council Inquiry (PDF 1.9 MB) into the provision of education for students with disability. These key challenges included:

  • limitations on the organisation and provision of specialist student learning and support services and programs
  • increasing difficulty for teachers to respond to the diverse learning needs of their students
  • parent and community expectations for more readily accessible support for their children with additional learning needs wherever they live across the state
  • the need to better equip teachers, and support staff to understand and respond to the learning needs of their students

Every Student, Every School provided a new, more flexible resourcing method for delivering and using learning and support resources in every regular government school, which is now embedded within the department’s Resource Allocation Model, or RAM.

This method, developed following extensive consultation and trial, focuses on student learning needs and provides additional support to more students without requiring a disability diagnosis or formal application beyond the school. This has reduced the need for parents to obtain assessments for their child for the purposes of receiving support at school and reduced red tape for both parents and school staff.

Every Student, Every School closely aligns with the department’s Local Schools, Local Decisions and delivery of resources through the RAM. It supports principals to use their school’s allocated resources flexibly to best meet the learning needs of their students. Learning and support resources are allocated directly to schools through equity loading for disability in school RAM allocations.

The program was implemented in 2012 with a focus on:

  • support for students with disability in regular classrooms
  • professional learning
  • special schools as centres of expertise
  • understanding students’ individual learning needs
  • support for teaching and learning.

The learning and support resource allocations supporting students with disability in regular classes is known in school budget allocations as the RAM loading – low level adjustment for disability.

The Learning and Support scholarship gives permanent NSW Public School teachers and executive staff the opportunity to enhance their understanding of, and ability to meet the learning and support needs of the full range of students in NSW schools.

Online Learning courses (PDF 160 KB) have been implemented to deliver are high quality, effective, evidence based and timely professional learning.

In these courses participants learn about assessment, making adjustments, SMART goals, intervention strategies and personalising learning and support.

The courses use a blended learning model of tutor support during face to face sessions and self-paced learning online.

NESA registered professional development to maintain accreditation for teachers at Proficient level.

  • Understanding Personalised Learning & Support
  • Understanding Dyslexia & Significant Reading Difficulties
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding Motor Coordination Difficulties
  • Inclusion of Learners with Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • Understanding Hearing Loss

Learn more about the implementation in the Every Student, Every School booklet (PDF 2.8 MB).

Learning and Support resource allocation reviews:

  • specialist support teacher positions are reviewed every 3 years
  • flexible funding is reviewed annually.

Contact details

Disability support
02 9244 5085
disability.support@det.nsw.edu.au

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