The More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD) initiative provided funding to government and non-government education authorities to build the ongoing capacity of schools and teachers to better support the needs of students with disability into the future. The extensive resources developed and professional learning undertaken by school leaders, classroom teachers, support staff and specialists will continue to provide benefits beyond the life of the initiative.
In 2014–15, the MSSD initiative provided $57.7 million to education authorities to undertake activities to improve the education of students with disability in their jurisdiction. The initiative ceased as planned on 31 December 2014. Over the 2012–2014 school years, MSSD achievements include:
- 8014 assistive technology items for 1143 schools and 14,157 teachers trained in their use
- 1763 health/allied health professionals have provided support to 1389 schools
- Over 21,000 paraprofessionals (e.g. teacher aides) have undertaken professional development (Certificate 3 and other courses) and/or have been engaged
- 179 support centres have provided support to 2181 schools
- 3474 students with disability have been provided with support in transitioning either from school into work, further education or between stages of schooling
- 12,559 school leaders have undertaken training in inclusive practices
- 36,261 teachers have undertaken training in specific disabilities either face to face, online or through post-graduate studies
- 47,821 teachers have undergone training in adapting the curriculum and assessment to support the needs of students with disability
- 78,150 teachers have been trained in the Disability Standards for Education 2005, with much of this training conducted through online modules developed with the University of Canberra
- 7346 schools have received additional support to assist in their understanding and implementation of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability.
Performance indicators for this programme were developed at the jurisdictional level. Indicators are detailed in jurisdiction implementation plans that were approved by the Government. All targets were achieved and exceeded for each of the outputs of this initiative.
An independent evaluation of the initiative was completed in mid-2015, which includes over 40 case studies available on the Department of Education and Training website. These will provide future direction to education authorities, schools and teachers, highlighting good practice and learnings.