Equity at School
All schools throughout Australia must collect and submit information annually on the number of students receiving adjustments due to disability in their care, and the level of adjustment they receive.
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of change they are obtaining to access education on the same basis as other students. All schools throughout Australia must collect the data.
Our School Consultancy Team (SCT), as receiving a reasonable adjustment to address a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, identifies each of the included students.
Why is This Data Being Collected?
The national data collection ensures that, for the first time, information about students with disability is transparent, consistent and reliable at a national level. This will enable funding to be better targeted to student need.
What Information Will Be Collected?
- The student’s year of schooling.
- The student’s level of adjustment.
- The student’s broad type of disability.
If a student has multiple disabilities, the school team, using their professional judgement, selects the general category of disability that has the most significant impact on her access to education and for which adjustments are being provided.
How Will This Data Be Used?
In addition to informing funding, the data will:
- Inform work at a school.
- Focus attention on the individual adjustments required to support students with disability to participate in learning on the same basis as other students.
- Facilitate a more collaborative and coordinated approach to supporting students who are receiving adjustments.
- Strengthen communication between schools, parents/carers and the broader community about the needs of students who are receiving adjustments because of disability.
Who is Included in the National Data Collection?
The definition of disability for the national data collection is based on the broad definition under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. For the national data collection, students with learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or auditory processing disorder) or chronic health conditions (like epilepsy or diabetes) that require monitoring and the provision of adjustments by the School may be included.
Who Collects Information for the National Data Collection?
The SCT and teachers will identify the number of students receiving an adjustment based on:
- Consultation with parents and carers in the course of determining and providing adjustments.
- The school team’s observations and professional judgements.
- Any medical or other professional diagnoses.
- Other relevant information.
School principals are responsible for ensuring the information identified about each student is accurate.
What Are the Benefits of the National Data Collection For My Child?
This information will help our teachers better support students with disability to take part in school on the same basis as other students.
What Are Schools Required To Do For Students With Disability?
All students are entitled to a quality learning experience at school. Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments, where needed, to assist students with disability in accessing and participating in education free from discrimination and on the same basis as other students. These responsibilities are outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). The Standards require educators, students, parents and others (e.g. allied health professionals) to work together to ensure students with disability can participate in education.
What is a Reasonable Adjustment?
A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to help a student with disability access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. Adjustments can be made across the whole school setting (e.g. ramps into school buildings), in the classroom (such as adapting teaching methods) and at an individual student level (e.g. extra tuition for a student with learning difficulties). Reasonable adjustments reflect the individually assessed needs of the student and are provided in consultation with the student and their parents and carers. For the Disability Standards for Education 2005, an adjustment is reasonable about a student with a disability if it balances the interests of all parties affected. Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments for students with a disability under the Standards.
When Does the Collection Take Place?
The national data collection is conducted in August each year.
Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students and their families is essential and is an explicit focus of the national data collection. Data is collected within each school, and personal details, such as student names or other identifying information, are NOT provided to local or federal education authorities.
- You can visit the NCCD Portal.
- An e-learning resource which covers the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 is freely available for the use of individuals, families and communities. All material is available in most Languages.
This article was taken directly from the NCCD website.
Please contact Mrs Elka Gaensler, Head of Learning Plus or Mrs Chris Hogan in the Junior School for any questions relating to the NCCD.