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Question On Notice No. 2427 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Education and Training
Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to exclusions and suspensions in public schools, and I ask:
(a) how many students were recommended for exclusion, but not excluded in:
(i) Term 1, 2019;
(ii) Term 2, 2019; and
(iii) Term 3 2019, to date;
(b) how many students were excluded in:
(i) Term 1, 2019;
(ii) Term 2, 2019; and
(iii) Term 3 2019, to date;
(c) how many students who have been excluded this year have been diagnosed or assessed as having:
(i) disability;
(ii) a learning difficulty; and
(iii) a mental health issue;
(d) for each student who has been excluded this year, please advise whether they are now accessing education through:
(i) another mainstream school;
(ii) an engagement centre;
(iii) the School of Isolated and Distance Education;
(iv) an Alternative Learning Setting program;
(v) a CARE school; and
(vi) another setting (please advise which setting);
(e) are any compulsory fees associated with accessing education through any of the options from (d)(i)-(vi);
(f) if yes to (e), how much are the fees;
(g) how many students have been suspended from Western Australian public schools in 2019 to date; and
(h) how many of the students from (g) have received a diagnosis of autism?

Answered on 15 October 2019

Answer

(a) Number of students recommended but not excluded:

Term 1, 2019

Term 2, 2019

Term 3, 2019

as at 11 September

4

3

3

 

(b) Number of students recommended who were excluded:

Term 1, 2019

Term 2, 2019

Term 3, 2019

as at 11 September

22

15

12

 

In recommending a student for exclusion, the principal is required to consider whether a student’s actions are a symptom or manifestation of a disability. To assist in their determination, principals usually seek advice from suitably qualified persons including the school psychologist, lead school psychologist and/or the relevant School of Special Educational Needs. 

(c) The capacity to exclude a child with disability is not new.

     In recommending a student for exclusion, the principal is required to consider whether a student’s actions are a symptom or manifestation of a disability.

     The School Education Act 1999 (the Act) outlines the process required when a principal makes a recommendation for exclusion.

     Of the 49 students excluded as at 11 September 2019: 

        (i)     five students were at some time during their schooling assessed as having met the Department’s criteria for disability resourcing through an Individual Disability Allocation (IDA). One of these students is currently eligible for the school to receive an IDA.

        (ii)    13 students were identified at the school level, through the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on school students with disability, as having a cognitive disability requiring teaching and learning adjustments. This includes two students from c(i).

        (iii)    10 students were identified at the school level, through the NCCD, as having a social/emotional disability requiring teaching and learning adjustments. This includes two students from c(i).

 

(d)   The number of students excluded during 2019 currently accessing an educational setting (by type): 

Education Setting

Number of Students

Another mainstream school

5

Engagement Centre

9

School of Isolated and Distance Education

1

Alternative Learning Setting

6

CARE School

4*

Another setting:

(a) Community Based Program

(b) Police and Community Youth Centres

(c) Trade Skills Centre

(d) Flexible Learning Centre

 

(a) 1

(b) 2*

(c) 3

(d) 2

    *One student attends PCYC and a Care School

      Three students who were temporarily excluded have returned to their original school. 

(e) Yes 

(f) Compulsory Fees by educational setting: 

Education Setting

Compulsory Fees

Timeframe

Another mainstream school

Nil

 

Engagement Centre

Nil

 

School of Isolated and Distance Education

Nil

 

Alternative Learning Setting

Nil

 

CARE School

Up to

$2 600.00

per annum

Another setting:

(a) Community Based Program

(b) PCYC

(c) Trade Skills Centre

 

(d) Flexible Learning Centre

 

$3 000.00

$221.97

Up to $420.00

 

Nil

per course

per course

per course

       Note: The above costings are general and may vary according to the course(s) selected.

(g) as at 9 September 2019, 12 626

(h) as at 9 September 2019, 608 students have received or are awaiting formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.