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Assisting Students with Learning Difficulties

9 October 2007

A new research report released today will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to help students with learning difficulties.

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, said the “Improve the Learning Outcomes of Students with Disabilities in the Early, Middle and Post Compulsory Years of Schooling” study is part of a $4.5 million suite of research projects funded by the Australian Government.

“The Australian Government supports the rights of students with learning difficulties to have the same educational opportunities as other children,” Minister Bishop said.

“The report and teacher resource booklet developed through this research project will help establish and maintain effective classroom practices for students with learning difficulties.”

The project was undertaken by a consortium led by the University of Canberra. Over a period of two years, researchers worked with more than 300 teachers from every Australian state and territory, in every sector and level of education.

The focus of the research project was on the daily activities, interactions and materials that make classroom practice inclusive and that lead to improved outcomes for all students.

The report and resource book are at:

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300 Non-media queries 1300 363 079

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