Students bring with them a diverse range of language, cultural and social knowledge from their homes and communities. Teachers recognise this and build on what students know in order to develop the knowledge and skills needed for success in school and beyond.
Schools and teachers plan for every student to participate and learn. Students with disability join in the same curriculum activities and learning programs as other students in the class with the support of suitable adjustments.
This involves explicit teaching and scaffolded learning, teaching both the concepts on which the task is based and the language demands of the task, enabling all students to participate in the curriculum.
The department's Inclusive Education Policy, supports schools to value and celebrate diversity in the school community and welcome all students, parents, caregivers and staff. The P-12 Curriculum Framework guides the teaching and learning of all students. It sets high expectations for the learning achieved by all students, including students with disability.
Catering for a diverse range of students requires teaching strategies that offer multiple means of representation, engagement and expression. For some students, this includes identifying and reducing barriers to learning. For example, Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) and assistive technology can play an important role in minimising barriers to learning and optimising student management and learning.
As appropriate, teachers adjust their teaching to help children learn. An adjustment is any change made to help a student participate at school, learn, and be comfortable and safe.
There is a wide range of adjustments that are possible for students including adjustments to curriculum, teaching strategies and assessment. Some examples include:
You may want to ask about how the adjustments will impact on your child's education. Some things to ask about are:
DET provides a variety of programs and services to all students with disability to ensure access and support to maximise their learning outcomes. Students are supported through a range of student support services allocated to regions and schools which may include, but is not limited to:
School sport and physical activity are an important part of the curriculum for all students. The Smart Moves procedure states that the principal will ensure provision to all students (including students who attend special schools) as close as possible to 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, five (5) days each week.
Parents may find it of benefit to talk to the principal, teacher, HOSES or PE teacher about this.
For more information about Curriculum Planning: