The Maryborough West State School Special Education Program (SEP) gives support to students with a disability in our school from Prep to Year 6. This support focuses on assisting students and teachers with the development of educational programs that lead to the best possible learning outcomes within an inclusive framework. An inclusive framework allows the student with a disability to access the support they need in the least restrictive environment possible. This means that students with disabilities are working in their classroom alongside their same aged peers. Inclusion can facilitate access to social interactions with peers, an increase in independence, and the establishment of a positive self-image.
To be eligible for special education support a student must be verified by the Department of Education Training and Employment. Verification is the process of confirming that a student’s identified impairment and the associated activity limitations and participation restrictions which require significant education adjustments meet criteria for one or more of the six Educational Adjustment Program (EAP) categories. Those categories are:
- Vision impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Physical impairment
- Intellectual impairment
- Speech-Language impairment
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
The SEP team is led by a Head of Special Education Services (HOSES) and currently consists of 4.5 teachers and a team of dedicated teacher aides. SEP Teachers have classrooms situated near the students they support. Support is provided in a combination of in-class support, small group work and individual support sessions. The SEP Teacher and class teacher collaborate to create a learning program that is engaging, at the student’s current level of functioning, yet rigorous to ensure the best possible learning outcomes.
Disabilities that are Special Education Services for students or children with disabilities may include:
- Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVTs)
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Registered Nurses (DET funded)
- Guidance Officers
The Maryborough West State School Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) supports children from 0 to the year prior to commencing Prep with a disability, or suspected disability. The ECDP currently consists of 2 SEP teachers. Children aged from 0 to 3.5 years access the weekly ECDP playgroup. Children from 3.5 years to the year prior to Prep access ECDP sessions, usually two per week.
The SEP Team are dedicated to providing the best possible schooling experience for students with a disability and view parents as an integral part to achieving that success. Parents of students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with either their child’s classroom teacher or the school’s HOSES about any concerns they may have. Our school values an “open door” policy.