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Special education unit

 
In 2010, our special education unit (also called the learning centre) will be in its 10th year of operation.  The centre has a staff of four teachers (including an administrator called head of special education services – HOSES) and four teacher aides.
 
The philosophy of our program is to provide academic and social learning support in the mainstream setting, as well as allowing our students to gain life experiences appropriate to the development of each individual. Our staff support individual learning styles as well as social-emotional needs, offering our students opportunities to explore, consolidate and extend their understanding in a safe, productive learning environment.
 
All special education unit students have an individual education plan (IEP) developed for them whilst at the school. Meetings are held twice a year with learning centre teachers, classroom teachers and parents to discuss each student’s goals and progress at school.  This plan focuses on three or four areas such as:
 
  • communication
  • social competence
  • self management for students diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • functional academics for students diagnosed with an intellectual impairment. 
 
An educational adjustment profile (EAP) is also completed for our students.  The profile assists in focussing on the type and extent of teaching adjustments necessary for students to achieve their goals within our school setting.  We endeavour to maintain an open and positive relationship with our parents, students and teachers and provide regular feedback concerning all areas of learning at school. 
 
School reports are delivered twice a year reporting on academic outcomes.  Special education unit reports are also issued twice a year but report on the achievement of IEP goals.
 
To cater for the individual needs of our students we have flexible timetables where their time is divided between the mainstream classroom and the special education unit.  Our students attend classes with specialist teachers, such as music and physical education, whenever possible.  We work closely with the mainstream teachers and specialists to ensure regular adjustments are made and that the focus is maintained to assist students in reaching their individual goals.
In the special education unit we encourage our students to follow the three school rules: be safe, best effort, be respectful.