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Supporting students with additional education needs

Education Queensland is committed to ensuring that students have access to high-quality education services that meet their specific learning needs. At times, some students may require additional support to help them to achieve their educational goals. The following information is meant to provide an overview of the services that are available to students with additional support needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Education Queensland is strongly committed to improving Indigenous education outcomes. This commitment includes working in partnership with Indigenous communities to develop education and training options.

Partners for Success is the Department's key strategy targeting the education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Queensland. Through Partners for Success, Education Queensland is targeting the attendance, retention and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and building a culturally responsive workforce. For more information visit the Indigenous Education website.

The Bound for Success strategies for Cape York and Torres Strait present a way forward for working with and supporting communities in Cape York and Torres Strait to improve educational outcomes for their children and young people.

The Department has introduced a number of key innovations such as the Centres for Excellence in Indigenous Education, High Achieving Principals Network, and the Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships. These initiatives focus on school leadership and successful practices that are already occurring in Indigenous education and increasing the number of Indigenous employees and role models employed by the Department.

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English as a second language

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 and 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.

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Gifted and talented education

Under the Framework for Gifted Education, all state schools are required to meet the learning needs of students who are gifted.

Each region receives funding to support gifted education. The regions are accountable for the strategic use of these funds to ensure that departmental targets are met. Regions develop strategies that best meet the needs of students and teachers in their local area. Online resources are available focusing on gifted education.

Early entry to Year 1 is a strategy to support the learning needs of young students, included those identified as gifted. Parents/carers seeking early entry to Year 1 for their child should contact the principal of their local state school. The local district education office has the responsibility of approving requests for early entry.

Education Queensland has many awards, programs and initiatives to recognise students who demonstrate outstanding talents and show potential in academic and extracurricular activities.

To improve the opportunities for senior gifted and talented students Education Queensland has launched Queensland Academies. Queensland Academies will accelerate learning opportunities for Queensland's best and brightest students in Years 10, 11 and 12. For more information visit the Queensland Academies website.

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Students with disabilities

Education Queensland promotes access, participation and quality educational outcomes for students with disabilities in primary, secondary, special schools, and early childhood development programs.

Specialised services for students with disabilities provide educational support for needs arising from autistic spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, speechlanguage impairment, vision impairment or a combination of these. In addition to this, early childhood developmental services are provided for students from birth to Prep age.

Visiting professionals are available to support students with disabilities. They may include:

Many of these professionals visit students with disabilities at schools to assess their educational needs and assist teachers in developing programs. Others are based at schools full-time. Specialist support can be accessed through schools or district offices in accordance with current departmental policy. For more information visit the Student Services website.

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Students with health conditions and the administering of medications

Education Queensland recognises that some students have health conditions that require managing at school, or may need to take medication during school hours. The schools manage students who require medication, or who have a health condition, according to the Department's Administration of Routine and Emergency Medication and Management of Health Conditions procedures and the advice of the individual student 's medical practitioner.

The procedures are designed to ensure that students who require medication, or who have a health condition, are able to participate in the full range of school activities according to the advice of their medical practitioner.

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Students living in rural and remote areas

The Queensland Government has a continuing commitment to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high-quality education and training programs.

More than half of all state schools in Queensland are located in rural and remote locations, with approximately onequarter of state school students enrolled in these schools. The Department recognises the dedication to quality teaching and learning occurring in state schools in rural and remote locations.

The Rural and Remote Education Framework for Action 2006-2008 identifi es more than 60 actions to support continued excellence and improved educational and training opportunities for students, educators and schools in rural and remote Queensland.

For more information about the rural and remote education framework visit the Rural and remote education website.

Education Queensland provides a range of high-quality programs and services through seven Schools of Distance Education located in Brisbane, Capricornia, Charters Towers, Cairns, Mount Isa, Longreach and Charleville.

Distance education delivers education programs using the latest technologies to students who have limited choice for attending a mainstream school because of distance, travel due to occupation, medical and family circumstances.

Distance education programs also enhance learning opportunities by increasing the range of curriculum options for students in small secondary schools, mainstream settings, and a range of alternative education centres.

Home-based learners who choose not to attend a local school can also attend a School of Distance Education for an annual fee.

For more information visit the Distance Education website.

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