Collaborative curriculum planning for Stage 6 students with special education needs

ACE 7005

Last Updated: 12 December 2011

All students with special education needs should be encouraged to choose the most appropriate course of study in keeping with their learning needs, strengths, goals and interests. This is best done in the context of collaborative curriculum planning with the student, parent/carer and other significant individuals in the student's life (eg teachers, learning support personnel and community service providers). Collaborative curriculum planning is appropriate for all students with special education needs and essential for students accessing Stage 6 Life Skills courses.

Definition

Collaborative curriculum planning is the process by which a team of people meet to discuss and make decisions about curriculum options that will lead to the award of the Higher School Certificate and the adjustments that will enable a student with special education needs to access course work and demonstrate achievement of outcomes.

The planning should consider whether a student could access the regular outcomes and content with adjustments in the delivery of course work and/or assessment tasks (including disability provisions for Higher School Certificate examinations).

Principals are responsible for the management of this collaborative curriculum planning process. Consultation with the respective support personnel in schools is important when making decisions about the most appropriate curriculum options and adjustments for students with special education needs.

Schools do not need to send planning documentation to the Board of Studies.

Procedures

When making decisions about curriculum options it is important to consider:

  • the student’s learning needs, strengths, goals and interests
  • the support and/or adjustments that may be necessary for the student to access course work and demonstrate achievement of outcomes
  • the transition needs of the student from school to adult life
  • how the student’s overall study pattern will meet the requirements for the award of the Higher School Certificate.