Low level adjustment for disability
The equity loading for low level adjustment for disability is an allocation to support students in mainstream classes who have additional learning and support needs.
Every mainstream NSW public school has access to a specialist learning and support teacher who works directly with the school to provide additional support for students and their teachers.
Every mainstream public school receives flexible funding to support students with additional learning and support needs.
Students with a confirmed disability in mainstream classes who have moderate to high learning and support needs continue to be supported through integration funding support. Students enrolled in specialist support classes in mainstream schools and schools for specific purposes continue to have their own resourcing arrangements.
- This loading supports schools to meet their obligations to students under the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education, 2005.
- Access to a specialist teacher and flexible funding is provided in every mainstream school, based on student need and school enrolment.
- Principals and learning and support teams need to consult with staff, parents, or carers to determine the best way to provide personalised learning support for students in accordance with their additional learning needs.
- This allocation can be combined with other school and local resources to support students who have additional learning and support needs without the requirement for a formal diagnosis of disability.
- Flexible funding is used to purchase additional teacher and/or school learning support officer time to support students and teachers.
- Accountability for the effective use of the funds to improve student learning occurs through the Annual Report.
In 2021, the equity loading for low level adjustment for disability will deliver resources to approximately 125 ,000 students.
The loading provides access to a specialist teacher and flexible funding in every mainstream school based on need.
It comprises two components:
- a specialist teacher allocation
- the learning and support teacher allocation is for 3 years – 2018-2020 – and has been extended for 2021.
- a flexible funding allocation adjusted annually to reflect changes in enrolment and student need
- The 2020 flexible funding allocation will be updated in the 2021 SBAR Adjustments. Further advice will be provided to schools early in Term 4 2020.
The loading enables schools to respond in a timely way to the needs of all students, including those with or without a formal diagnosis of disability.
How is the loading calculated?
This equity loading comprises an allocation base determined by school enrolments and a supplementary allocation based on student need.
Student need at the school level is determined using literacy and numeracy data from NAPLAN to create a Student Learning Need Index (SLNI). A school's SLNI is a needs based index drawn from three years of longitudinal NAPLAN data.
The approach supports the department to meet its obligations under the Disability Standards for Education, 2005.