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Students with a disability

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All students with a recognised disability will receive an education program at Redbank Plains State High School  specifically designed to meet them where they are in the curriculum and take them steadily forward to employment or further studies by the end of Year 12. All students can also expect to make lasting friendships at school and extend their social and communications skills so that they are ready to make good decisions about their futures in the world beyond school. Parents can expect that their own knowledge of their child, their hopes and fears for them, are taken very seriously by staff -making a close school-home relationship our priority.

There are 4 goals that we set ourselves for each of our students with a disability:

lachlan winters.jpgThat each student becomes a productive member of society by going into employment or further studies once their schooling is complete.

All students with disabilities are able to work. Having a job (whether it be supported employment or working in a profession) provides structure, routine and social contact; as well as financial independence and a sense of self- worth. Preparation for the workforce involves not just finding an area that a student enjoys and is able to work in; but also developing the skills of an employee  - following directions, maintaining an acceptable level of work throughout the day, communicating and co-operating with co-workers and self- advocacy.

 

That each student enjoys healthy and meaningful relationships with a number of people.

Every student with a disability should have friends. This is even more important in the teenage years as students begin to develop their individual identities. Some students need help to understand what friendship involves and what they need to give and can expect from a friendship.


That each student develops interests and hobbies that will give them enjoyment and opportunities that will enrich their lives.

A productive use of leisure time helps establish a work- life balance and manage the stresses of everyday life. At school students with disabilities can develop new skills and interests through the extensive menu of elective subjects on offer and through the specialist programs provided in this department.

That each student learns to make good choices in life that will enable them to live happier and healthier lives.

Being able to make decisions about the important aspects of their lives gives students with disabilities the ability to determine their own futures. The ability to do this comes from a foundation of instilled values and learned skills. These values and skills must underlie and drive all aspects of teaching in our special education program.

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See how each Year level develops and builds on all of these goals:

Years 7-8

We understand that the beginning of high school is a time of great excitement as well as apprehension for many students and their families. Our first priority is to understand each student's strengths and weaknesses as well as how their disability impacts on them in their classes and in the social environment of school. To do this we gather as much information as we can from as many sources as we can about each student. Each student will have their own case manager who will build a thorough knowledge of the student and who will be a point of contact for parents.

 Students who are significantly behind their peers in their age level curriculum can be placed in a curriculum level that they can manage. They will still learn with their age peers in the areas of Maths, English, Science and Humanities, however, their classes will be smaller and the teacher will be special education teacher. The student's progress will be reviewed each semester with the aim of progressing the students to age or near age level curriculum over time.

Students with disabilities often experience difficulties in the social, emotional and communication areas. Our specialist subject, "School to Work", incorporates an outdoor education program that uses group activities such as hiking, canoeing, camping and pedal prix racing to build team work, resilience and self- esteem in our students with disabilities. The subject also provides a mental break from the rest of the curriculum, allowing student time to receive help with assignments, extra tuition, homework catch up etc.

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Years 9-10

Students in these years will still be progressing in their studies either through an individualised curriculum plan or in their age level classes. They will continue to have a case manager and participate in the School to Work subject if they wish. Their understanding of the job market will begin to expand through the School to Work subject, work place visit, and where possible, part time jobs that the school will help students apply for. As the skills needed to be employed are best learned by practice, we encourage all students to either obtain a part time job or complete regular work experience placements. To do this we have a qualified staff member who works full time in this area for the students with disabilities at this school.

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Years 11-12

During this senior phase of schooling, those students who are not able to work at age level, will commence the Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA). This certificate provides access to adjusted core curriculum areas and several of the senior elective areas, as well as providing extensive teaching in practical areas such as budgeting, obtaining a driver's license, buying a car and living independently. Many of the students with disabilities in these years will be attending a TAFE course one day a week, participating in work experience placements, or completing a school base traineeship or apprenticeship. Our department, through our full time transition officer, can source pathways for our students into supported employment or any form of regular employment; providing advice and support to the students and their families as they prepare to enter the workforce. For those students seeking to study at university - our case managers, team of teacher aids and Guidance Officers are able to support and advise in this area as well.

The last two years of school are always full of hope for a happy future for our students with disabilities. We have the pleasure of seeing most of our students go into full time work by the end of Year 12; some are in their final years of a traineeship or apprenticeship. Many have expanded their horizons and made lasting friendships.

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Last reviewed 31 August 2020
Last updated 31 August 2020