Fears for disabled students as funding overhauled Anna Patty March 28, 2012
THE O'Farrell government has been accused of putting the budget bottom line ahead of the state's most vulnerable children. Faced with a steep increase in the number of students with disabilities needing support in public schools, particularly those with autism and mental health problems, the government will fund only individual students with serious disorders. They will continue to receive $6000 or more in individual funding while other students will be supported by an increase in general funding to the school.
There is a growing body of research into the benefits for both teachers and students of teacher collaboration. While there is plenty of evidence to suggest the value of weekly time set aside within the school timetable for teachers to plan together, the reality in many schools means that this rarely happens. An online forum of teachers can, in some ways, improve this situation.
Lower turnover rates among beginning teachers in schools with mentoring programs that emphasise collegial support
Greater personal satisfaction among teachers when they believe in their own efficacy, were involved in decision making and established strong collegial relationships
Moral support - strengthens resolve, permits vulnerabilities to be shared and aired
Increased efficiency - responsibilities are shared therefore collaboration reduces or removes duplication of similar tasks
Evidence to suggest that teacher collaboration improves instructional practices (pedagogy) and encourages the development of a greater diversity of teaching strategies