All Australian schools are required to participate annually in the National Consistent Collection of Data.
The national data collection reflects and supports the ongoing work of schools. The NCCD draws on teachers’ professional judgement and practices throughout the year supporting students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. Under the NCCD model, teachers and school staff use their professional, informed judgement, based on evidence, to determine the level of adjustment students with disability receive, in both the classroom and whole of school context, as well as the broad category of disability that relates to the adjustments.
The model for the NCCD is based on mandatory obligations to students under the national Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Understanding these legal obligations and the NCCD model is essential knowledge for principals and teachers.
School principals are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their school’s NCCD data and validating that there is evidence at the school to support the inclusion of a student in the NCCD. This is a key responsibility given that the NCCD data will be used to inform funding provided by the Australian Government to NSW. This gathering of data commences at the start of each academic year and is submitted for assessment during the month of August.
If you have any further questions about the NCCD, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email for further clarification.
Ms Betty Kiekebosch
Leader of Learning Support