Inclusive education is a large part of the values embedded into our school culture and our ability to cater for and support students with specialised learning needs is a strength of our school community. Our Support Services Committee allows for a multi-disciplinary approach to individual case management.
We are committed to the provision of equitable educational opportunities so that all students have access to, participate in and gain positive outcomes from schooling.
In striving to provide equitable educational opportunities for all, it is acknowledged that for some students to receive appropriate support (low-incidence disabilities, learning difficulties, and/or behaviour and communication challenges) it will be necessary to draw on the expertise of a range of support personnel.
The Special Education Program model at Petrie Terrace State School takes the form of an inclusionary format and also the dedicated Junior and Senior Support Classes that deliver disability specific individually tailored programs or modified learning programs from flexible learning environments.
The Support Classes deliver Special Education Programs for students with verified impairments under the Education Adjustment Program in order for students to access and engage with the curriculum in rich, relevant and realistic learning.
Our dedicated team of Teacher Aides support all students in classrooms as well as in small groups and individually and provide direct support to students receiving support through the Student Support Services. They are an integral part of our school community and work consistently to improve the schooling experience for all our students.
Head of Special Education Services
The Head of Special Education Services (HOSES) primary role is to support the students, families and professionals of our students requiring educational adjustments and learning supports. The HOSES is source of advice, guidance, individual case management and facilitates the development of Individual Education Plans and Education Adjustment Profiles with teachers and families. The HOSES also communicates with all families receiving support to offer services, professional development, experiences sharing and open communication.
English as a Second Language
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher provides support and delivery of individual ESL programs. Our ESL teacher provides advice and programming support for our students.
Our Support Teacher - Literacy and Numeracy, provides support to our students through screening, identification and targeting of strategies to improve the literacy and numeracy abilities of our young learners.
Our Guidance Officer is available to discuss issues with students and families and provides confidentiality and services for families who may require them.
We have the professional knowledge and resources of Education Queensland Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and English as a Second Language Teachers available to support our school.