Victorian Institute of Teaching

Victorian teachers see the benefit of Special Needs professional development.

Research indicates that most teachers will be teaching learners with disabilities. A recent study by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found that 62% of classroom teachers reported they were inadequately trained to teach learners with disabilities.

To support the Victorian Government’s Special Needs Plan to improve access to and participation in learning for children with special needs, VIT set up a Special Needs Framework in 2015. As part of this framework VIT asked all teachers renewing their registration to undertake Special Needs professional development by the end of 2017.

In this video, we hear from a group of teachers about the benefits they experienced as a result of undertaking Special Needs PD.

Every learner has a right to the knowledge and skills that will help shape productive and positive lives, regardless of their physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics.

Undertaking Special Needs PD will help teachers build professional knowledge and expertise to address this need. It will also support the development of an inclusive culture in schools and early childhood settings.

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