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Special Education Needs

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Supporting teachers of students with special education needs – Secondary

Frequently asked questions

What are disability provisions?

Disability provisions are granted to provide students who have disability needs with practical support in the School Certificate tests and the Higher School Certificate examinations. Students' disability needs may include learning, medical, vision or hearing difficulties.

Examples of provisions may include: braille or large-print papers, use of a writer and/or reader, use of an interpreter, extension of test time, rest breaks, use of a personal computer, separate exam supervision, individual supervision, and permission to take medication.

For more information refer to the Disability provisions section.

How do I apply for disability provisions in the School Certificate tests and Higher School Certificate examinations?

Information about the application procedures for disability provisions is located in section 10.4 of the ACE Manual (2005).

You can call the Student Examination Support Unit if you require further information, on

(02) 9367 8117
(02) 9367 8325
(02) 9367 8381

What are the 10 principles for special examination modifications?

The Board has approved a set of principles to guide decisions about the types of arrangements to enable students with a disability to best access the School Certificate tests and Higher School Certificate examinations.

For more information and to see the full set of 10 principles for special examination modifications.

Can disability provisions be implemented for students in school-based assessments?

Yes, principals have the authority to decide on and to implement disability provisions for school-based assessment tasks including examinations.

For more information, see sections 10.1 and 10.3 of the ACE Manual (2005)

What is Life Skills?

Life Skills is a curriculum option for students with special education needs. Life Skills is for those students who cannot access the regular outcomes and content with adjustments and/or disability provisions and is predominantly for those students with an intellectual disability. Life Skills may provide a more relevant, accessible and meaningful option for some students with special education needs.

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