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.