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Supporting students with additional education needs

The department 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

The department is strongly committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes. This commitment includes working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop education and training options.

A key priority under both the State Schools Strategy 2016-2020 and the Advancing Education Action Plan is that every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in Queensland is afforded the opportunity to achieve success.

The department has an array of Indigenous education programs to support and extend Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These draw upon the culture and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Indigenous perspectives are embedded in all programs to achieve positive educational outcomes for all. Go to the Indigenous Education website for more information on the department's initiatives.

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English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) learners

English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) learners speak a language or dialect other than English and need support with the English language in order to access their age-appropriate curriculum.

Not all learners who speak other languages or dialects are EAL/D learners because they may have sufficient English proficiency to participate effectively in the school curriculum.

EAL/D learners can include those born in Australia and raised in families in which languages or dialects other than English are spoken, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students or children of migrants. Those students born outside of Australia include humanitarian entrants, international students and migrants.

EAL/D learners need specific teaching approaches to build a language foundation for successful classroom learning and schools provide support targeted to students' needs. Teachers determine these students' English language proficiency using Bandscales State Schools (Queensland) Adobe PDF document, and provide teaching to meet particular language needs of students within the classroom context.

Schools make decisions about the type of support to be provided based on the EAL/D learner's levels of English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and the school context.

EAL/D learners are taught the Australian Curriculum External Link for their age and teachers use a variety of approaches to engage EAL/D learners and assist them to achieve the expected learning.

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

Curriculum Provision to gifted and talented students describes the requirements for all state schools to meet the learning needs of students who are gifted and talented.

Each region receives funding to support gifted education. The regions use this funding to 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 Prep is an option which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child's best educational interest. More information on early entry to Prep is available on the Early and Delayed Entry to Prep website.

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

Queensland Academies are state schools for highly-capable students in years 10 to 12. For more information visit the Queensland Academies website.

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Students with disability

The department is committed to providing high quality education for students with disability to access and participate in the curriculum and achieve every day at school. For further information visit the department's Disability Policy page.

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Students with health conditions and the administering of medications

The department recognises that some students have health conditions that require management by school staff, or may need to take medication during school related activities. The schools manage students who require medication, or who have a health condition, according to the department's Administration of Medications in Schools and Management of Students with Specialised Health Needs procedures and the advice from 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 is committed to ensuring that students attending rural and remote schools have access to quality educational opportunities that are equal to their peers in metropolitan areas.

With over half of Queensland state school students located in rural and remote areas, the Government believes every Queensland student should have access to a world class education that lays a strong foundation for success in their post-school life.

To support this key Government priority, a new rural and remote team has been established.

The small and dedicated rural and remote team will draw on expertise throughout the organisation and support many of the priorities outlined in the 2016-2020 DET Strategic Plan as they apply to education in rural and remote communities.

The new Rural and Remote Strategy will commence implementation in 2017 and will include measures to provide high quality education to students who attend rural and remote schools, as well as a world class distance education program.

To find out more about the rural and remote education framework visit the Rural and Remote education website.

For students who cannot attend their local state school, the department 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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This page was last reviewed on 22 Nov 2016

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