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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

$48m to train teachers of students with disabilities

The Prime Minister and NSW Premier yesterday announced plans for spending NSW's share of $200 million pledged last year to support students with disabilities:

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today:

Almost $48 million of federal money to help children with disabilities in NSW schools will be spent on teacher training, the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, said.

The money is part of a $200 million program to improve resources for disabled students announced in the federal budget last year, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said yesterday.

Under the agreement, which NSW is the first state to sign, the money can be spent on technical aids, teacher training or additional staff.

The funding will be provided over the next two school years.

Mr O'Farrell said the money would ensure NSW teachers had improved access to training so they were better equipped to help students with disabilities such as dyslexia and autism.

''This scheme is very cleverly designed to enable states to focus on their particular needs … and certainly in NSW one of our key focus areas is on the teacher skills,'' Mr O'Farrell said.

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