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Survey results to inform campaign directions
Federation thanks all members who participated in the Time to Act surveys. More than a third of workplaces responded, providing the union with rich information about the experiences of teachers from a range of public school settings supporting students with disability.
Federation’s preliminary analysis illustrates the importance members place on the learning and social needs of students with disability.
This is what is clear from the analysis thus far:
- inadequate permanent teacher and executive staffing and support staff
- antiquated formulae determining class sizes (factor of need)
- poor, inadequate and inappropriate infrastructure
- significant work, health and safety concerns
- inadequate time for collaborative, personalised and transition planning
- lack of subject specific specialist teachers
- lack of resourcing for complex case management and trauma-informed practice
- inadequate access to allied health professionals such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists
- inadequate access to support and additional resources to address the complexities of growing student need
- poorly functioning access request processes including the lack of appropriate student placements and integration funding support.
These are experiences across all settings; mainstream, support classes and units and schools for specific purposes (SSPs).
A thorough examination and final report will be completed. This will further strengthen Federation’s representation to the Department and State Government calling for increased funding and measures that will enable significant improvements for students with disability.
The final report will also inform the development of further campaign actions requiring the direct involvement of Federation members.
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