This month, the Disability Strategy Implementation team was excited to receive an overwhelming number of applications for our Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship. We are confident of having at least 100 scholars in 2020 and meeting our commitment of increasing the number of people studying inclusive/special education by 50% by 2022.
We held our first reference group for Professional Development, bringing together a diverse group to guide our work improving teacher confidence and capability to support students with disability. We look forward to bringing disability and education experts together as our other reference groups for the Disability Strategy and Physical Learning Environments kick-off. These partnerships will play an increasingly important role advising us on where we need to do more and shaping how we can best improve things for our students with disability.
As we head into term 4, we’re looking forward to launching our Innovation Program. The program will partner with schools to test innovative ideas and build the evidence base for what works for our students. Applications will be open to principals of all NSW government schools.
We will also be sharing our progress in improving outcomes for students with disability in NSW in 2019 in an upcoming report. The report highlights our key achievements since the launch of the Disability Strategy in February 2019, and sets out our priorities for 2020. This reiterates our commitment to building a more inclusive education system, one where all students feel welcomed and are learning to their fullest potential.
The thread that runs through our priorities for next year is continuing to listen and respond to the diverse voices and experiences of our students, their parents or carers and school staff to bring about positive change.
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