Program for Students with Disabilities - Transition Support Funding (Reference 66)

Transition Support Funding overview

Transition Support Funding is available to government secondary schools to support students starting Year 7 in 2020 who are no longer eligible for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) after their Year 6-7 Review.

The funding supports the delivering personalised teaching and learning programs that respond to students' needs.

Calculation details

Transition Support Funding is calculated on a pro-rata basis according to enrolment information provided by schools via the Program for Students with Disabilities Management System (PSDMS) prior to the Term 1 budget-critical date (28 February 2020).

For further information on uploading from CASES21 and registering in PSDMS, see: PSDMS

School principals will be emailed directly to detail Transition Support Funding allocations following the release of the 2020 Confirmed Student Resource Package.

If a school identifies a student for Transition Support Funding after Term 1, a pro-rata allocation will be considered. In these instances, schools are advised to log a PSDMS service call.

You can also log a request online

Where a student in receipt of Transition Support Funding changes government schools during the year, schools should make local arrangements to transfer resources (including specialist equipment or materials).

Rates

For 2020, the rate per student (pro-rata) is $3,000.

How the funding can be used to support students

Evidence shows that the quality of teaching has one of the largest impacts on student learning, and building teaching excellence is central to making schools more inclusive and improving outcomes for students with learning support needs.

In delivering effective programs for students with disabilities and additional learning needs, school leaders and teachers should ensure their practice is:

In addition, school policy and practice should reflect collaboration between the school leaders and teachers, parent/ guardian/ carer(s) and specialist education or allied health staff to develop agreed understandings and responses to students' needs, including students with a disability or additional learning needs.

Transition Support Funding and the Student Support Group

Schools are encouraged to use the Student Support Group (SSG) process to draw on the expertise of the group to formulate and commit to specific strategies and implementation plans that will support the student's educational needs, inclusion and engagement. The progress of the agreed strategies should be regularly reviewed at SSG meetings each term.

Transition Support Funding resources do not define or limit the support provided by a school for a student with a disability. It is the responsibility of the school, in consultation with parent/ guardian/ carer(s) in the SSG, to determine the specific nature of the support required.

Guidelines are available to assist schools in supporting students with disabilities and additional learning needs in Student Support Group

Transition Support Funding resources, in consultation with the SSG, could be used to access:

  • consultation or support from specialist education or allied health staff
  • professional development
  • specialist equipment or materials.

Consideration should be given to maximising the benefits of this additional investment, specific to the individual needs of the student.

This may vary between providing more intense support at the beginning of the school year, or identifying equipment and materials that will be used over a longer period of time. For example:

For a student with behaviour support needs

Transition Support Funding may be used for professional development and consultation focused at the beginning of the school year. This could provide school staff with the necessary knowledge and skills, develop and implement behaviour support plans and resources across the school, and support other adjustments to the school environment as the student begins secondary school.

For a student with learning support needs

Transition Support Funding may be used to access specialist education or allied health support. This may identify specialist equipment and educational resources that the school can purchase for the student's personalised learning and support needs.

For a student with sensory or health support needs

Transition Support Funding may be used to purchase personal equipment or resources, specific to the student's needs that will enhance their access and participation in the school's educational programs.

Further information

The Department is committed to embedding inclusive education in all school environments for students with disabilities and additional needs. All Victorians, irrespective of the school they attend, where they live or their social or economic status, should have access to high quality education.

There are a range of policies, programs and resources for schools to support the delivery of high quality schooling for all students, inclusive of students with disabilities and additional learning needs. These resources may be provided in the Student Resource Package, through student support services or through early identification and intervention programs.

Transition Support Funding resources should not be targeted to students in receipt of supplementary funding through the Program for Students with Disabilities.