Special Education Support Centres have been established in designated primary and secondary Catholic schools. They offer educational service provision for children whose disability might limit their ability to gain access to the regular curriculum without specialist support. Special Education Support Centres are an integral part of the school where students with disability are enrolled in the school on the same basis as their non-disabled peers and have an equal right to attend all the classes offered by the school.
Not all students with disability at these levels will require
Special Education Support Centre placement, academic support or
full-time assistance from support centre staff. Some students may:
Receive the major part of their academic program in the support Centre
Only need to access the Centre for certain activities, such as maths,
literacy, work-related skill development, human sexuality programs,
tutoring sessions in particular learning areas, or to practise and
consolidate particular skills
Require part or full-time assistance of support Centre staff for
activities, such as note taking, auditory interpreting or physical
assistance in general teaching areas
May require assistance from support Centre staff for certain activities, such as electives where safety or access is an issue.
They may require assistance for some or all of the following:
Frequent assisted positioning or transferring
Personal assistance for eating, dressing or personal hygiene
Technological applications/assistance for communication
Mobility assistance and/or assistance to access material and resources
Accessing and using specialised equipment.
While a student may not be directly involved with the learning programs
provided by the Special Education Support Centre, staff from the Centre
may be utilised to provide assistance for other activities or areas in
the school, or for principal endorsed out-of-school activities.
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students with disability participate in
the regular Kindergarten or Pre-Primary programs to the maximum extent
possible and do not take part in Special Education Centre programs.
In schools with a Special Education Centre, the Special Education
Teacher may advise and assist early childhood staff to adapt the program
to better cater for an individual child or children. Teaching assistant
time from the support Centre may be provided for certain times or
activities in early childhood programs.
Several Catholic schools operate Special Education Support Centres for
students with disability whose educational needs require the provision
of additional support and resources.
Special Education Centres are located within a Catholic school and as
such enrolment is at the school via the regular process. Special
Education Centre staff include Special Education Teacher/s and
additional Teacher Assistants, as well as specialised resources and facilities.
Close liaison with external agencies assists in the ongoing support of the educational needs of students.
Broome and Bunbury Diocese
Schools with Units for Students with Profound Hearing Impairment