Integration funding support
Students with disability, who are in mainstream classes in departmental schools and preschools and require moderate to high levels of adjustment, may be eligible to access integration funding support. Students who access this support must have educational needs that are directly related to their identified disability and cannot be met through the full range of school and local resources.
Advice on completing the student profile should be sought from the central integration funding support learning and wellbeing officer prior to completing an access request for integration funding support.
How can schools use these funds?
Funding is for teacher or school learning support officer (SLSO) salaries only, with a minimum period of employment of an unbroken two hours for SLSOs.
Examples of the effective use of the allocation to support eligible students include:
- engaging additional teachers and SLSOs to assist with personalised learning and support for students in their classrooms
- providing release for classroom teachers to undertake professional learning relating to the funded student
- providing release for classroom teachers to evaluate and plan adjustments with parents and carers and other school staff.
- In order to be eligible for integration funding support, students must have additional learning and support needs that cannot be met from existing school and local resources.
- The student profile, completed by the school learning and support team and the parent or carer, provides an objective summary of the student's educational needs which, in conjunction with the degree of disability, determines the level of funding provided to the school to support each student.
- Principals have the responsibility for determining the most appropriate ways of using the funding to meet the identified learning and support needs of the targeted students.
- Adjustments delivered through integration funding support should be documented and regularly evaluated in conjunction with the summary profile levels.
- Schools record the impact of integration funding support in the annual reflection of needs-based funding section of School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO). This process will be used to inform the school’s annual report.
For more information go to the Disability, learning and support website.