Schools

From 2020, there will be a new approach to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs through the new Educational Adjustments disability funding model.

This new funding model will be implemented across all Tasmanian Government schools from 2020.

What’s new:

  • The new Educational Adjustments model is a new mind-set underpinned by some fundamental changes.
  • Funding aligns to educational adjustments schools make for students to support their access, participation and engagement in teaching and learning programs.
  • Funding matches the educational adjustments agreed through moderation at each school for each student.
  • This new approach is aligned to the Nationally Consistent Collection Data for School Students with Disability (NCCD), which includes the highest three levels of adjustment within the NCCD:
    • Extensive
    • Substantial
    • Supplementary
  • Students within the Quality Differentiated Teaching Practice level are supported through school programs.
  • For further information about the funding model, refer to the Model Overview.
  • A flowchart outlining the timeline and process for disability funding is available at: Understanding Educational Adjustments Flowchart.

What’s changing:

  • We’re moving the conversation and approach in schools from that of deficit to one of educational adjustment; impacting implementation of teaching and learning programs
  • We’re focusing on the use of positive language and inclusive practice to support students and their learning needs
  • From 2020:
    • The Severe Disability Register (SDR) and IQ 55-70 funding allocations will cease
    • As a result, SDR moderation processes did not occur in 2019.
  • Going forward, students with disability receiving educational adjustments will be supported according to the evidence of their disability and the functional impact on their education.

Who’s eligible:

When schools are determining the inclusion of a student in the NCCD data collection, teachers consider:

  • evidence the student has a disability as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)
  • broad disability category (which includes: sensory, cognitive, physical, social/emotional)
  • evidence of the level of educational adjustment that has been made on the basis of a disability for a period of longer than 10 weeks.

Educational Adjustments Resourcing

An overview of the Educational Adjustments Model is available at Model Overview.

Educational Adjustments resourcing for students with disability is aligned to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD), which is collected in the Student Support System (SSS) in August every year.

The Educational Adjustment disability funding level of adjustment is used by Budget and Resource Services to determine individual school funding allocations through the Interim School Resource Package (SRP) advice which goes out to schools in October for funding the following year.

There are contingency arrangements available for students who arrive from interstate or from the non-government sector. These contingency arrangements will be processed at week 5 and week 10 of each school term.

All other requests for funding will be reviewed annually through the NCCD data collection process in August each year.

The Disability Educational Adjustment Moderator team will continue to provide assistance to schools state-wide regarding educational adjustments for students with disability. Their support will also focus on moderation processes for student funding into the future. Schools will also be supported with the collection of evidences of the disability, evidences of adjustments being made, and consultation with families for students included in the NCCD.

For further information about the model and resourcing – please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. 

For any queries about the funding supports for students with disability, please contact: disabilityprograms@education.tas.gov.au

Contingency Supports

Contingency supports are available for eligible students including:

  • those who arrive from outside of our school system (including from the Catholic and Independent School system, and Interstate)
  • Children entering Kindergarten who have not been involved with ECIS.

Each term there will be a contingency moderation process in Week 5 and Week 10 for eligible students to access disability funding support.

A moderator will visit your school to assist with determining contingency support, if eligible.

To request Contingency Support – please complete the Contingency Moderation Request Form and email to  DisabilityFunding@education.tas.gov.au

Professional Learning and Consultation

The new Model is the culmination of years of work and has been developed through significant consultation with school principals, teachers, professional support staff, parents and key stakeholders.

During 2019, the Department of Education held a number of professional learning and consultation forums for Schools, Parents and Families, and Disability Advocacy and Support Organisations state-wide.

26 parent and stakeholder consultation sessions were held across the state during Term 1 and 2 2019.

Professional Learning sessions have also been held with school staff regionally throughout 2019. Please continue to keep an eye out for information about these opportunities in Principal Matters, Learning News, or through your school’s Support Teacher.

A powerpoint presentation is available for school leaders to hold information sessions with their school staff and parent groups. Refer to the Model Overview Presentation.

An information pack is available for principals and support teachers to share information with parents. This information can be accessed at Resources.

Resources & Information

A range of resources and tools have been developed to support schools navigate the new Educational Adjustments disability funding model. Further information is available at:

For any queries about the funding supports for students with disability, please contact: disabilityprograms@education.tas.gov.au

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