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Individual Plans. Developing an Individual Plan (IP) for Students with Disability (SWD). Legislation. The Disability Standards for Education 2005 require all educational institutions to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities

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Individual plans

Individual Plans

Developing an Individual Plan (IP) for

Students with Disability (SWD)

CEO, RELS, Diverse Learning Needs Team – 150211


  • The Disability Standards for Education 2005 require all educational institutions to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities

  • Students who meet the NSW Department of Education criteria for “student with a disability” are deemed eligible for funding and require an Individual Plan

Disability standards for education 2005
Disability Standards for Education 2005

Focus points

  • Enrolment

  • Participation

  • Curriculum development, accreditation and delivery

  • Student support services

  • Harassment and victimisation

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Disability Standards for Education 2005

What are these obligations?

  • Obligation to consult

  • Obligation to make reasonable adjustments

  • Obligation to eliminate victimisation and harassment

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Disability Standards for Education 2005

  • ‘on the same basis’ means treating the student with a disability on the same basis as a student without a disability

  • Moderated by the principle of unjustifiable hardship

  • Some students may require adjustments and accommodations

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Disability Standards for Education 2005

Implications for educators and support staff…

All staff need to have skills, knowledge and understanding to implement curriculum in a way that will be accessible to all students, including students with a disability.

(Disability Standards for Education information contained in this presentation is used with permission from AAETC Positive Partnerships Teacher Professional Development Manual 2010)

Individual plan process
Individual Plan -process

The term Individual Planrefers to both the ongoing process and the associated documentation that informs the education of a “student with disability” through describing, documenting, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the student’s education program, support needs and outcomes.’

Individual plan product
Individual Plan - product

The IP document is the basis for educational planning for “students with disability”.

It assists planning by making explicit the components of the learning and teaching process for a student.

Whose responsibility is it
Whose responsibility is it?

  • The IP process is consultative, including the contributions of the student, families, carers, school personnel and other relevant people such as CEO personnel, and other health professionals i.e. speech pathologist, occupational therapist.

  • Role clarity is critical

What is the student s role
What is the student’s role?

  • Students are the key participant in the IP planning process

  • The student should be present for all or part of the meeting

  • The student’s input is valued and should be documented within the plan

What is the parent carer s role
What is the parent/carer’s role?

  • Parent/carers are key participants, with the school, in determining their child’s learning priorities

  • Parent/carers will be part of the process of developing the IP document

  • Parent/carers can inform and educate the school community about their child and specific needs relating to the disability

What is the class teachers role
What is the class teachers role?

  • Contribute to the development of the IP

  • Identify subject-related goals that support the Key Outcomes of the IP

  • Translate the IP goals into practice

  • Review and document progress

  • Use the IP as the basis for reporting

Preparing for an ip meeting
Preparing for an IP meeting

  • Identify who may need to provide information

  • Gather information

    • Student proformas

    • Parent proformas

    • Teacher and support staff proformas

  • Determine the most appropriate strategies for all stakeholders to share information that will be used to inform the development of the IP.

Conducting an ip meeting
Conducting an IP meeting

  • Determine a school process for meetings

    • Scheduling of meetings

    • Invitations to parents/carers

    • Staff attendance at the meeting

    • Venue and technology

    • Data input

    • Chairperson/meeting facilitator

Where to from here
Where to from here?

  • IP Tool Getting Started Help Sheet

  • Infopoint