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Special education programs

A special education program is a cluster of resources - specialist teachers, support staff - at a particular school. A school's special education program is dedicated to supporting the educational needs of students in one or more disability areas. Program specialisation is available in the following disability areas:

These are the same disability areas that are recognised in the Education Adjustment Program.

A program can also specialise in supporting students with multiple impairments (students who are verified as having intellectual impairment and one or more other impairment).

Special education programs support students across a range of ages. Programs for children of prior to Prep age and Prep age are called Early Childhood Development Programs.

Principals manage the resourcing within their school. Schools provide support in a variety of ways. For example, some have a dedicated special education classroom, some focus on supporting students in the classroom alongside their peers, while other programs might give students separate, specialised lessons when needed. A few schools in an area might cooperate to share a specialised program. Some programs might only support students with a verified disability; others might support a much wider range of students. Talking to school staff or the PEO, SS may help you get a sense of what is available in your area.

Head of Curriculum (HOC)

The HOC is a teacher whose work includes:

The Head of Special Education Services (HOSES)

Special education programs of a certain size are eligible to have a HOSES to lead and administer the program. If the special education program at your child's school has a HOSES, they will be a key person in your child's education.

The HOSES is a teacher and often a member of the school administration team whose work includes:

Special education programs support students with disability in state schools, and assist students and teachers in the development of their educational programs. Special education programs can be site-based or across sites. For example, a special education program may span the local primary and secondary schools, or a cluster special education program may support a number of students across a number of schools.

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