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Students with a disability

A life journey begins with Special Education Programs at Tamborine Mountain State School.

Program aim

By creating a supportive environment through the Special Education Programs at Tamborine Mountain State School, children are offered flexible, needs-based opportunities reflecting a rich, whole-child centred approach to engagement and learning. The Special Education Program centre (SEPC) provides academic, behavioural, life skills and social support to students with disabilities so that they can access an inclusive education within Tamborine Mountain State School and throughout the wider community.

The team

Our team is made up of dedicated, full time and part time teachers and part time teacher aides. SEPC staff offer a structured, safe, nurturing environment to support learning. We strive to provide learning and life opportunities to allow each student to reach their potential.

Who do we support?

At present the Special Education Programs support students diagnosed and verified with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Speech Language Impairment (SLI), Physical Impairment (PI) and Hearing Impairment (HI). Visiting specialist teachers attend the school and provide additional support to some students with low incidence disabilities. Students requiring occupational and physiotherapy support to access the curriculum are assessed and prioritised by Education Queensland’s visiting therapy teams.

Each student's current and future needs are addressed through Individual Curriculum Plans (ICP). These are developed collaboratively in a supportive and caring environment with the student (where appropriate), parent/guardian, special education teachers, teacher aides, visiting teachers, guidance officer and class teacher.

How do we support students?

Teaching and learning is based on a blend of inclusion and small group instruction ensuring a planned, differentiated curriculum to meet the individual student’s needs.

At Tamborine Mountain State School students participate in a variety of programs to fit their specific skills and learning needs. The majority of the students remain in class with teacher aide and specialist teacher support in specific curriculum areas. Some students work in a small group setting for core curriculum areas, returning to their class for other activities.

Students in year 6 are offered a transition program at the local high school. Tamborine Mountain State School and the high school collaborate to meet the needs of each student and to facilitate a smooth transition to year 7 (2015). In addition, Tamborine Mountain State School provides a ‘high school’ learning environment in terms 3 and 4 to prepare students for their next phase of learning.

Tamborine Mountain State School values the contribution of all stakeholders and focuses on building collaborative, personalised relationships between home and school to support the unique needs of each student.