There are growing numbers of students being diagnosed with disability and an increasing number of students requiring school-based assessment to determine what changes to their learning environment and additional supports may be needed.
If these educational adjustments require additional funding or staffing, then a swathe of documentation and data must be produced and collated for each child to apply for those resources.
The documentation requirements are exacerbating already extreme workload stresses in schools. An important staffing resource are Support Teachers who work with classroom teachers to improve outcomes for students with disability or additional support needs. This includes assisting with or leading student assessments, educational adjustment documentation, learning plans and managing Teacher Assistant duties.
Support Teachers regularly meet with specialist support staff, parents, school staff and other service providers to develop, implement and evaluate Individual Learning Plans for students with additional needs.