Early Childhood Circular 3: Special Needs PD showing great results

This circular is sent to Victorian Early Childhood Services from the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
Please ensure the Manager and relevant staff receive this email.
Dear Manager

Special needs PD update

As part of the Victorian government’s special needs plan, registered teachers are now required to undertake professional development (PD) activities to develop their capability to teacher learners with disability (special needs).

In 2016, 89% of teachers who renewed their registration indicated they had undertaken PD in special needs – this is a fantastic result, however we still have a number of early childhood teachers who are yet to complete their PD.

VIT recently communicated these requirements to teachers who are renewing for the first time in 2017 as well as those who had not undertaken special needs PD when they renewed in 2016. 

Why is this important?

The Victorian government has made a strong commitment to improving access to and participation in learning for children with special needs. This is consistent with feedback the profession has provided us; teachers told us they didn’t feel equipped to deal with learners who have disability and that they would like more opportunities to understand the needs of these learners to improve learning outcomes.

Recent survey findings of those who have completed special needs PD show positive impacts on learning.
Read the report here

How you can help

PD covering special needs is available through a variety of sources (online, face-to-face, free and paid). To find out more, visit the special needs page on our website.

Please remind your teachers about completing special needs PD by downloading the below advertisements for insertion into your staff newsletter. If you require a tailor-made article or advertisement please contact VIT’s communication team.
Special Needs Landscape
Special Needs Portrait

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Thank you for supporting this important work and taking the time to read this circular. If you have any questions, please email us at vit@vit.vic.edu.au or call the EC hotline on 1300 977 263.

Kind regards

Melanie Saba
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Institute of Teaching
Victorian Institute of Teaching
Level 9 628 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 531, Collins Street West VIC 8007
t.    1300 977 263 (EC hotline)
f.    (03) 8601 6101
w.   www.vit.vic.edu.au