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    Default Question about children getting an aide in NSW

    Can any tell me whether it's easier for a child who does need extra one on one help to get the assistance of an aide in a private or public school in NSW.
    We have been told that the child will never get any aide time in a private school as they just miss out on qualifying. Does that mean it will probably be the same in a public school? The child is starting to fall significantly behind with any extra one-on-one help. Also does anyone have an opinions on the idea of pulling the child out of the private school, putting them into a good public school and then either getting a tutor or sending them to kip mcgrath?

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    IMO a good public school if you're talking primary.
    Private for secondary.
    Based on experience of people I know.

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    Yep primary.

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    I'm not sure about NSW but aide time is not always the best option. If a child does have 1:1 aide time it is because they have been deemed by a long application process by the department to require funding - this is then up to the school how to use the funding. This means that the school may choose to use the funding for a variety of purposes based on the individual needs of the child. 1:1 aide time is not always the best option for a funded child. Funded children will almost always have a formal diagnosis such as an intellectual disability, adhd, autism and often require a range of interventions.

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    I teach in a NSW public primary school and it is extremely difficult to get 1:1 aide time for a specific child. Full time is almost unheard of for all but the most extreme cases (severe multiple disabilities that have an impact on the child's learning and socialisation, for example). The funding formula is designed to be incomprehensible. I have no knowledge of what happens in private schools.

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    Private schools get little to no funding for aides. I worked in one. We had one aide for the whole school and had to share if there was a child who required assistance. I used to choose maths and English time.
    If your child qualifies for aide assistance they have more luck at a public school.
    I have know parents to pull children out of independent schooling and have achieved getting an aide at a public school. But this was a few years ago now - who knows what the government has done with this funding now!

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    He is diagnosed with ADHD but apparently just misses out on qualifying for an aide at a private school, so maybe he wouldn't qualify at public either? He definitely doesn't need one full time but he does need extra help and he's falling a long way behind.

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    To be eligible for funding in vic anyway, he would need to be extremely high needs adhd and more likely for behaviour rather than academics, however, this can affect his learning as you've said. Most evidence actually points to no increase in student learning outcomes with 1:1 aide support and often it can be detrimental to a students self esteem for it to become so obvious that they require help. Use of an aide also means that the most qualified person in the room - being the teacher, is not working with the student. I would speak directly to the teacher and school about whether there is an individual learning plan in place and goals set for the next term, I would be specific in asking what they are doing to assist him in his learning - in state schools these meetings are often called ssg's - student support group meetings.

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    Im in nsw. I think it depends on the school. My son has autism a language disorder and a learning disability and due to gov cuts just lost all of his funding for an aide because we have so many special needs kids at our school the gov only funds 1/100 children so 5 got funding and 17 missed out


 

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