17 Apr Investing in inclusive education
Our Liberal government is putting students first.
This year’s balanced budget shows our continued investment in inclusive-education, with an additional $15-million earmarked for more on-the-ground resources and training supports for students with complex needs. Our government is committed to providing students with a formative learning environment that enriches their studies.
In 2017, we announced a Committee on Inclusive Education to recommend how best we can meet the learning needs of every Nova Scotia student. Since releasing their report, Students First, last year, our government has invested $30 million total to implement the committee’s vital recommendations.
Teachers can’t do everything alone, which is why more than 190 educational support staff were hired across Nova Scotia classrooms this past fall. Two-thirds of teachers surveyed by the commission said they didn’t feel properly trained to work with students requiring additional supports. Having these added support staff, including child and youth care practitioners, parent navigators, education assistants, psychologists, and speech language pathologists, will ease classroom challenges and ensure teachers feel effective in helping students succeed.
Specialized training and development opportunities has also been provided to teachers to better support students with diverse needs or behavioral challenges, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
And it goes without saying that parents play an incomparably significant role in their child’s life. So, for the first time, our government has introduced parent navigators to help families across Nova Scotia access certain programs and services applicable to their child’s needs. In addition to that, student health partnership nurses are helping to make sure students’ special care plans are properly implemented when they’re at school.
Reworking our classrooms into a more inclusive learning environment is invaluable, as no two students learn the same way. By doing so, we’re building a more tolerant, enlightened future for our youth, one where each of them can flourish to their highest potential.