The results from a landmark State of Our Schools report reveal that four out of every five principals feel they don't have the necessary support and resources to assist their students with disabilities.
The report went on to estimate that an enormous amount — 100,000 disabled students — are going to schools that do not receive any additional funding to assist them with the care and support of students with disabilities.
A further 84 per cent of principals say they are forced to shuffle their funding around and relocate other funding to be able to help children with disabilities.
So what does that mean for parents? How can they be sure that their child is going to get the best possible care at their school of choice?
The New South Wales Parents' Council suggests thinking ahead and getting the ball rolling on your school choice at least a year before you expect them to be enrolled.
Children with special needs also have the right to attend their local public school, so if you prefer that your child be enrolled in your local area at your public school of choice, then that is also available to you.
Special needs requirements from the education system differ, so the New South Wales Parents' Council also suggests talking to your child care director to discuss what learning development option would be suitable for your child as they move to Grade 1.
If you have a particular school in mind, but aren't sure of the level of support that will be offered, here are some ways to make sure they get the right amount and type of developmental support:
Do you have a child with learning difficulties or a disability who is enrolled in a public school? What advice would you give parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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