Educational leaders play a critical role in:
- establishing and maintaining a culture of inclusion that celebrates the diversity of our school communities, and values the contribution of all students
- enabling and supporting staff to participate in professional learning to support the inclusion of students with an ASD
- leading ongoing review and evaluation and flexible and adaptive future planning
- working in partnership with families and communities.
A cohesive and coordinated approach to teaching, learning and support is critical. All members of the educational community need to have a clear understanding of policies, procedures and expectations to guide everyday decisions, relationships and communication. Leading planning and implementation as well as maintaining a high level of engagement with stakeholders are critical roles for educational leaders. For more information and support materials, see: Whole school organisation
Educational leaders benefit from ensuring that the ASD knowledge and skills of all staff is up to date and that there is appropriate access to specialist expertise. For more information, see: Building staff capacity
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarifies the rights of people with disabilities and obligations of education providers, under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. It is critical that educational leaders understand the importance of our obligations under this legislation.
To assist a suite of e-learning courses about the Standards for different student age groups and teacher career stages has been developed by the University of Canberra and education departments of all states and territories. Currently, courses are available for educational leaders, primary and secondary teachers.
For more information or to access the e-learning courses, see: Disability standards