Professional Practice – November 2015
How the Special Needs Plan will affect you

How the Special Needs Plan will affect you as a registered teacher

As part of the government Special Needs Plan teachers will be required to build their capacity to teach learners with disability.

You’ll demonstrate this by focusing on those descriptors in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) that refer to meeting the needs of all learners.

In particular teachers should be able to:

  • Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of learners across the full range of abilities. (Descriptor 1.5)
  • Design and implement teaching activities that support the learning and participation of learners with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements. (Descriptor 1.6)
  • Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all learners in classroom activities. (Descriptor 4.1)

When will you demonstrate this?

  • If you are provisionally registered and you apply for ‘full’ registration in 2016 and beyond you will be required to include a focus on learners with disabilities in your evidence of practice. This will be included in the VIT designed evidence-based process.
  • If you are a registered teacher or early childhood teacher, when you renew your registration by 30 September 2016, you will be asked to identify the PD you’ve engaged in to build your capacity to teach learners with disability.
  • If you are returning to teaching from non-practising registration, as part of the process, you will be asked to identify the PD you’ve engaged in to build your capacity to teach learners with disability.

Read more information on the Special Needs Plan and how it will affect you as a registered teacher.