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New NSW Syllabuses

Supporting students with special education needs

Syllabuses developed by BOSTES NSW for each stage of learning, Early Stage 1 to Stage 5, are inclusive of the full range of learners.

Most students with special education needs will meet curriculum requirements by participating fully in learning experiences based on the regular syllabus outcomes and content.

Collaborative curriculum planning will determine the most appropriate curriculum options for all students with special education needs in keeping with their learning needs, strengths, goals and interests.

Some students may require additional support, including adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities.

Teaching students with special education needs

Information and advice is available to support the teaching of students with special education needs in.

Years 7–10 Life Skills

Before deciding that a student should undertake a course based on Life Skills outcomes and content, consideration should be given to other ways of assisting the student to engage with the regular course outcomes. This assistance may include a range of adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities.

If the adjustments do not provide a student with sufficient access to some or all of the Stage 4 and Stage 5 outcomes, a decision can be explored for the student to undertake Life Skills outcomes and content. This decision should be made through the collaborative curriculum planning process involving the student and parent/carer and other significant individuals. School principals are responsible for the management of the collaborative curriculum planning process.

All decisions regarding curriculum options for students with special education needs should be made through the collaborative curriculum planning process.