Specialist English as a Second Language (ESL) support may be available for students who are learning English as a second or additional language. Students needing this additional help include recently arrived immigrants or refugees, or students who were born in Australia but speak a language other than English at home, including Indigenous students.
In state primary schools, school-based or visiting ESL teachers work with classroom teachers to assist non-English-speaking students with their transition to a new language and culture. Secondary students in most areas enrol directly into their local high schools and are supported by visiting ESL teachers. Some high schools have special ESL units, while Milpera State High School at Chelmer in Brisbane provides an intensive English language program.
If your child needs English language learning support, talk to the principal at your local school about what they can offer or which school's program may be best for your child's particular English language learning needs.
Education Queensland promotes access, participation and quality educational outcomes for students with disabilities in primary, secondary, special schools, and early childhood development programs. You can download the Education for children with a disability - a guide for parents.
More information is available on the Education Queensland website on supporting students with additional education needs.