Good afternoon friends,
Late yesterday many of you will have heard that the Minister for Education announced changes to Education Services. Unfortunately aspects of the announcement were misrepresented by media outlets last night and have caused a lot of unnecessary angst amongst our community.
I have today spoken with the Premier’s Office and asked for clarification around the impact this announcement will have on school aged children with disabilities and special needs. I have been assured that the Schools Plus Program under which the majority of your children receive assistance will NOT be affected.
Essentially my reading of the changes announced will see the funding move from a schools based model, where funds are determined based on a complicated formula involving weightings and loadings, to a student centred model, that will ensure that students who need extra assistance will receive it, no matter what school they attend.
In the media this morning, The Minister for Education, Hon Peter Collier stated, “Yeah, can I make one thing perfectly clear? Children with disability will not be affected by yesterday’s decision. Educational assistants that deal directly with students with disability will not be affected. They are part of the Schools Plus Program, they will simply not be affected. So, if a parent has a child with a disability they will still have the resources from the education assistant as they have had prior to yesterday’s announcement”.
I hope this communication will allay any concerns and fears you have in relation to this issue. For those of you who are interested I have attached Minister Collier’s press release from yesterday that helps explain the overall changes to education services.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries.
Media Statement 20/8/13 (64.32kb)
School reforms to deliver equity and efficiency – Media Statement by Department of the Premier and Cabinet