The Inclusive Practice in Education scholarship has now been offered to more than 250 NSW educators since its inception in 2019.
The scholarship was launched in 2019 as a core commitment of the Disability Strategy, addressing reports from NSW teachers that they lacked confidence teaching children and young people with disability.
Over 50 of the new candidates who will begin or continue their studies this year are from one of the Department’s rural or regional directorates, and over 90 per cent will undertake a master’s level qualification.
“We’re delighted to have so many staff joining the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship program this year, and to see such diverse postcodes and teaching backgrounds reflected in their applications,” said Disability Strategy Director Sarah Hanson.
“We know our educators want to see every child in their classroom achieve to the very height of their potential. We’re excited to be able to offer them this chance to further their careers, and to see how they will share their new skills and expertise with their colleagues in schools.”
Scholars receive up to $23,000 towards their degree and access to study leave provisions, mentoring and a permanent teaching job if they are currently a casual or temporary staff member.
Successful 2020 candidates applied to study three qualifications – a masters in inclusive/special education, a masters with specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision or a graduate diploma in inclusive/special education.