October 2019 Disability Strategy update: find out where we're up to

As we headed into term 4, we launched our Disability Strategy Innovation Program, a key commitment under the Disability Strategy. Principals of all NSW government schools including pre-schools can apply from 28 October 2019 to 21 February 2020. We look forward to partnering with successful applicants in 2020 to test and evaluate ideas. We are committed to building an evidence base for what works for our students with disability so it can be rolled out more widely.

On October 24, the Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell tabled a progress report in Parliament on improving outcomes for students with disability.

"I'm conscious our students with disability have many different experiences of learning, and I'm committed to working with our schools to create a more inclusive system so all students with disability can thrive at school," Ms Mitchell said.

"We are building the capacity of mainstream public schools so that all students, regardless of disability, can fully participate in learning at their local school and access teaching strategies and support tailored to meet their individual needs."

This is the first annual report of this kind, as recommended by the Parliamentary Inquiry into Education of Students with a Disability or Special Needs in NSW.

We held our first reference group for the Disability Strategy, bringing together a diverse group from across education, academia, family and student voice representatives, and other government partners. We look forward to engaging more with this valued group of advisors as we shape our initiatives for 2020.

We continue to meet with teachers and principals in schools to hear their feedback about the Disability Strategy. This engagement is continually informing how our work can make a difference to improving learning and wellbeing for students with disability in schools.

To share your ideas and stories of schools doing things well email us at disability.strategy@det.nsw.edu.au.

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