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 on the autism spectrum
- leading ongoing review and evaluation and flexible and adaptive future planning
- working in partnership with families and communities.
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
leaders benefit from ensuring that the 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