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Disability Funding and Data Collection

Are you confused about SWD funding and the new data collection system? I’ve been asked more questions on this area than any other. In the light of that I joined in on an Independent Schools Victoria in-service designed to explain all. The following helps explain and is a summarised version of the material provided. I found it very helpful. The first part provides some contextual notes. Click here for the paper “Understanding the Disability Data Collection Project”. This is the essential reading in order to understand expectations on school leaders. The desire to achieve a national consistent definition of disability has been around for at least 30 years. Taking it forward has always become unstuck because of cost considerations. The present NCCDSSD (Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability) project has been a political imperative that has arisen out of the COAG context. Initially it was meant...

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Funding Certainty and the Funding Calculator

The uncertain state of play regarding a long term funding model remains. For the moment the best that Business Managers can do is to use the federal Department’s Funding Estimation Tool (FET). This was distributed to all Principals and Business Managers last month and can still be accessed by …

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Big Percentages are Not for your ‘Recurrent’ Pockets

Education Minister Pyne wrote to School Principals in late July explaining the Federal Government’s funding commitments. The Minister’s letter stated … [we] “have allocated $1.2 billion more than the previous government. Australian schools will receive an increase in funding from the Australian Government of …

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Getting the Parent Occupation Code Register Correct

The Parent Occupation section on the Student Background Characteristics data that schools provide can be a tricky component for our schools. Many Christian schools typically have a number of well-qualified people who are not …

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Chaplaincy Clarifications

As mentioned in a previous note (Sept 1st) the federal government has decided to continue funding the Chaplaincy program through those States who agree to sign up to its conditions. The 25 August Cabinet Meeting and party room meeting that followed did consider a return to the previous government’s secular workers provision, but decided to stick with the religious requirement within the program. I suspect the government has a strong appreciation of…

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NAPLAN Results

The Minister is quite excited about getting NAPLAN results out more quickly to parents “so that targeted and timely action can be taken to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of young people.” The election promise was “within 12 weeks” so a small ‘press release’ brag from…

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Government Response to NAPLAN Recommendations

A Senate Committee report on the Effectiveness of NAPLAN reported on 27 March and the federal government response was tabled in the Senate on 28 August. The government responded to the following…

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A Great Naplan Cover Letter

An Age artice on 12 Sept tells the story of parents at Altona Primary School receiving their children’s NAPLAN results with the following note attached…

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Greater Public School Autonomy

It is interesting that at times we can experience a clash of what we might support in principle and our reaction when this can adversely impact our own local community. It would be interesting to hear whether…

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The Great Homework Debate

Homework is getting a little attention of late. A Victorian Parliamentary Committee tabled their report Approaches to Homework in Victorian Schools on 20 August and found that the evidence was inconclusive about the value of …

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How Good is the OECD PISA Rating?

It is interesting to see the importance Australia places on the position we rate in the OECD PISA ratings. Julia Gillard thought so much of it that she built into the Australian Education Act 2013 the goal that Australia would be in the top 5 by 2025. Why would a goal of that nature be placed in legislation? Pre-2012 Finland was at the top of the…

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Independent Education Union Campaign on Disabilities

It’s interesting that the IEU has bought into the Disabilities debate with a federal parliamentarians’ campaign. The IEU says, “Students with disabilities attending non-government schools remain significantly under-funded compared to a student with…

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Pre-School Funding Reassurance

After a period of confusion and uncertainty about the funding of mandated pre-school hours (for providers), Federal Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley has reassured schools running Pre-schools that under…

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Where has AACS Been Representing you Recently

AACS have been busy representing you over the last month. Read more to see where I have been and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any more details about any of the meetings or submissions.

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