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Building the Education State means creating great schools that are inclusive of every student that enters through the school gate.
The Victorian Government has committed more than $19 million over four years to deliver the Autism Education Strategy. The strategy will improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for autistic students. It will build inclusive school communities that welcome and value autistic students and their families.
The strategy is part of Disability Inclusion, the Victorian Government's nearly $1.6 billion investment into inclusive education and complements and aligns with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO 2.0). The strategy pillars and supporting initiatives each support one or more of the FISO 2.0 core elements of Leadership, Teaching and learning, Assessment, Engagement, and Support and resources.
What the strategy will deliver
The strategy aims to address issues facing autistic students through six pillars, with a number of initiatives and supporting programs delivering the strategy.
The Diverse Learners Hub supports the implementation of every pillar. It is a centre of excellence to build education workforces who are equipped to meet the learning and wellbeing needs of diverse learners, with a focus on autistic students, through the provision of evidence-based advice, resources and coaching.
The Diverse Learners Hub
The Diverse Learners Hub (DLH) is a major part of the Autism Education Strategy. It supports all six of the strategy's areas of focus.
The DLH is a centre of excellence that supports schools to better support and teach diverse learners, with a focus on autistic students, by providing evidence-based advice, resources and coaching.
The delivery of the Strategy will be monitored to make sure it continues to meet the learning and wellbeing needs and aspirations of autistic students. The Strategy will continually evolve to include new initiatives to support its strategic pillars.
We will monitor progress against each of the pillars and continuously improve by:
- building and tracking key datasets to measure progress for students with disability
- regularly reviewing the impact of the supporting initiatives, including how the Diverse Learners Hub is delivering against the objectives of the Strategy
- staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practice
- listening to autistic students and their families to ensure the strategy implementation meets their needs.
This work is also guided by the Autism Education Strategy Advisory Group which includes school leaders and regional staff, autism researchers, and representatives from autism advocacy organisations including autistic-led organisations.