The draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan was released today by Minister Martin.
The draft Action Plan builds on the positive progress of the Ministry’s new Learning Support delivery model, which is being implemented in response to widespread feedback in 2015-16.
The aim is to have an inclusive education system where children and young people with additional learning needs, including disabilities, are welcome, and where their achievement, progress, wellbeing and participation is valued and supported
The draft Action Plan covers four priority areas:
- improving the way children and young people are assessed for additional learning needs
- strengthening the range of supports for children and young people with disabilities and additional learning needs
- improving the way the education system responds to neurodiverse learners and gifted learners
- ensuring that learning support is resourced for increased support and delivery.
The draft Action Plan includes proposals that will assist in providing a more accessible, flexible, child-centred and joined up approach for disability and learning support. It will support schools to build a highly professional, inclusive and holistic in-school workforce.
It reflects input from a range of sources, including the 2015 Learning Support Update, and the Select Committee Inquiry into Identification and Support for students with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Action Plan is dependent on available funding, including gaining Cabinet approval for funding for any new initiatives, and will need to be phased and sequenced over a period of years.
Consultation on the draft Action Plan will begin next week and run until 31 October.
More information on the draft plan is available here.
The New Zealand Education Strategy 2018-2030 was launched at the New Zealand International Education Conference today. It sets out 3 goals and the key actions needed for agencies to achieve them, as well as measures and indicators for success.
These goals are:
- Delivering an excellent education and student experience
- Achieving sustainable growth
- Developing global citizens
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers, Claire Douglas, says the strategy replaces the Leadership Statement for International Education and signals a shift in priorities for the sector.
“The strategy shifts its primary focus to lifting the quality of international education and student experience, and maximising the social and cultural benefits in addition to its economic value.”
“It also aims to ensure that the benefits of international education are shared with regions nationwide. International students provide us a different world perspective, and contribute to a globally-connected and culturally diverse New Zealand. Bringing international education closer to the regions enables more New Zealanders to understand and embrace those benefits.”
The Ministry of Education and Education New Zealand co-developed the strategy with input from a broad range of government agencies, international education stakeholders. These included education providers, international and domestic students, peak bodies and community groups.