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CYDA Education Survey 2015 - Summary of Results


Total number of surveys completed: 1025

1. IN WHAT CAPACITY ARE YOU COMPLETING THIS SURVEY?

Parent - 89%
Other Family - 2%
Carer - 2%
Other - 7%

2. WHAT STATE OR TERRITORY DO YOU LIVE IN?

ACT - 5%
NSW - 27%
NT - 1%
QLD - 19%
SA - 7%
TAS - 3%
VIC - 32%
WA - 6%

3. WHAT TYPE OF AREA DO YOU LIVE IN?

Regional - 42%
Remote - 4%
Metropolitan - 54%

4. ARE YOU FROM A NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND?

Yes - 5%
No - 95%

5. ARE YOU OF ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER BACKGROUND?

Aboriginal - 3.5%
Torres Strait Islander - 0.5%
No - 96%

6. HOW OLD IS YOUR CHILD?

1-3 - 1%
4 - 2%
5 - 6%
6 - 7%
7 - 10%        
8 - 9%   
9 - 9%
10 - 8%        
11 - 9%
12 - 8%        
13 - 6.5%
14 - 6.5%      
15 - 5%
16 - 4%        
17 - 4%
18 - 2%
19-25 - 3%

Primary school (5-11 years) - 58%
Secondary school (12-17 years) - 34%

7. WHAT IS YOUR CHILD’S GENDER?

Female - 31%
Male - 68.5%
Other - 0.5%

8. WHAT TYPE OF SCHOOL DOES YOUR CHILD ATTEND?

Government - 38%
Independent - 10%
Special School - 15%
Mainstream - 20%
Specialist unit within a mainstream school - 9%
Other - 8%

Of other (no of individual responses)

  • Distance education - 15
  • Home schooling - 28
  • No enrolment - 2

9. WHAT YEAR OF SCHOOL IS YOUR CHILD COMPLETING IN 2015?

Prep - 8%
1 - 8%
2 - 10%
3 - 9%
4 - 9%
5 - 8%
6 - 8%
7 - 7%
8 - 7%
9 - 6%
10 - 5%
11 - 5%
12 - 4%
Other - 6%

10. DOES YOUR CHILD ATTEND SCHOOL FULL TIME?

Yes - 83%
No - 17%

If not, why not? (allocated into multiple categories where relevant)

  • Not enough support - 60
  • Saying cannot cope - 54
  • Age (too old or young) - 22
  • Home schooled/distance education - 20
  • Medical reasons - 19
  • Trauma and/or disengagement from school (e.g. bullying or abuse) - 13
  • Suspended/expelled - 9
  • Co-enrolled in other program (e.g. TAFE, work experience) - 9
  • Flexible learning program (cited as a positive) - 6
  • Other - 11

11. DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE A DIAGNOSED DISABILITY OR LEARNING DIFFERENCE?

Yes - 97%
No - 3%

12. DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE AN UNDIAGNOSED DISABILITY OR LEARNING DIFFERENCE?

Yes - 14%
No - 86%

13. HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN REFUSED ENROLMENT BECAUSE A SCHOOL HAS SAID THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE RESOURCES OR SUPPORTS?

Yes - 23%
No - 77%

Details of the circumstances in which this occurred (categories and numbers of responses)

  • School stated they had inadequate resources - 135
  • School didn’t formally refuse but put pressure on student not to attend (e.g. negative attitude toward disability, offered conditional enrolment) - 33
  • School suggested special school as better option - 22
  • No reason specified other than ‘wouldn’t accept student with disability' - 18
  • General reason - 12
  • Child removed because of lack of support - 11
  • Child removed because they experienced abuse - 10
  • Expulsion or suspension - 10
  • School advised they had a quota of students with disability - 7
  • Student didn’t meet eligibility (for mainstream or special school) - 7
  • School advised the child was ‘too disabled’ - 5
  • Delayed enrolment (cited as a positive) - 3
  • Other - 7

14. IS YOUR CHILD RECEIVING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AT SCHOOL? 

Yes - 75%
No - 25%

If yes, what type of support does your child receive?

Individual support worker - 13%
Curriculum modification - 17%
Specific aides & equipment - 11%
Access to specialist allied health - 6%
Behaviour support - 9%
Social support - 8%
Assistance with personal care - 9%
Supervision - 10%
Teacher or other staff have completed professional development - 11%
Other - 6%

If you answered 'other' what type of support does your child receive? (many answers could have been in above categories)

  • Individual support worker - 56
  • Access to specialist allied health - 22
  • Learning Support Unit/Special school - 19
  • Doesn’t receive support needed - 12
  • Small group support (e.g. aide works with a group of students) - 9
  • Home schooled - 6
  • Curriculum adjustments - 5
  • Unsure - 2
  • Behavioural support - 1
  • Social support - 1
  • Private tutor - 1
  • Teacher or other school staff have completed professional development - 1
  • Other - 11

15. IS YOUR CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC FUNDING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DISABILITY OR LEARNING DIFFERENCE?

Yes - 68%
No - 32%

16. DO YOU THINK THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT YOUR CHILD RECEIVES AT SCHOOL IS ADEQUATE?

Yes - 32%
No - 68%

17. HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN EXCLUDED FROM EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES BECAUSE THE SCHOOL HAS SAID IT DOES NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE?

Yes - 39%
No - 61%

Please provide additional information regarding these circumstances (selected all categories that apply)

  • Excursions - 225 (of excursions: Sport/events - 83, Camp - 70)
  • Excluded from classroom activities (e.g. lack of support, excluded from certain classes or attending at certain times) - 76
  • Parents had to attend event for child to attend - 32
  • School events (e.g. assemblies, discos) - 25
  • Extracurricular activities (e.g. chess club, choir, band) - 21
  • Recess/lunch/playground - 18
  • Excluded from ‘everything’ - 17
  • Positive experience, no exclusion - 13
  • Experienced seclusion and/or restrictive practices - 9
  • Excluded as punishment for behaviour - 8
  • NAPLAN - 5
  • Suspended or expelled - 4
  • Home schooled - 3
  • Work experience - 3
  • School buildings inaccessible - 2
  • Unknown - 2
  • Family had to pay extra for child to participate - 1
  • Never received school awards - 1
  • Other (often not a response to question) - 31

18. DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) IN PLACE?

Yes  - 72%
No - 28%

If your child has an IEP, were you involved in the development of the IEP?

Yes - 70%
No - 30%

If yes, how?

  • Involvement in meetings and consultations - 360
  • Involvement was minimal and/or inadequate - 59
  • Involved in development of plan but only after sustained advocacy/pressure on school - 21
  • No IEP - 6
  • IEP set low expectations - 4
  • Mismatch between IEP and practice - 1
  • Other - 5

19. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU BY THE SCHOOL TO BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION? SELECT ALL THAT APPLY.

Information about the curriculum - 9%
Information provided about school events - 13%
Specific information nights - 8%
Parent/teacher interviews - 16%
Specific additional meetings to discuss support requirements which exist due to your child’s disability - 12%
Involvement in classroom activities (examples include reading and assistance with excursions) - 7%
Involvement in school activities (examples include helping out in the canteen, working bees - 9%
Information nights by outside organisations - 4%
School events - 10%
Join school council/board or parent and friend school committee - 10%
Other - 2%

20. HAVE YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH THE SCHOOL ABOUT INFORMATION YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING?

Yes  - 93%
No - 7%

21. IF 'YES,' DID YOU FEEL LISTENED TO?

Yes - 59.5%
No - 40.5%

22. DO YOU THINK THIS INFORMATION HAS HELPED INFORM YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION PROGRAM?

Yes - 59%
No - 41%

23. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS REGARDING WHAT WOULD IMPROVE YOU AND YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL TO BETTER WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE OF SCHOOL? (no. of individual responses)
  • More funding and support - 203
  • Better communication and value views of families - 153
  • Teacher training & professional development - 112
  • Ensure education (e.g. through IEP or curriculum adjustments) meet the needs of the individual student - 66
  • School cultural issues to be addressed/create inclusive culture - 58
  • Greater involvement/use of expertise of allied health professionals - 44
  • Accountability for education outcomes and use of funding - 33
  • Ensure safety of students (e.g. from bullying and/or abuse) - 23