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Students with special needs

Students with special needs include:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistance

Students requiring ESL assistance are those students whose primary language is not Standard Australian English and who, in the opinion of the principal, require ESL tuition, whether or not they are currently receiving it.

Schools and/or their governing bodies are required to retain documentation supporting their decision, and substantiating reason(s) for a period of five years from Census Day, and in a way that ensures the integrity and security of the data and documents.

ESL students speak languages other than English as their first language(s). Their proficiency in the English language is determined at the local level to identify whether or not they require assistance to enable them to participate fully in mainstream classroom activities. Further information is available in Appendix 3.

Many Indigenous students in Queensland have ESL learning needs. For many of these students, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language or Creole is their first language. Many speak more than one of these languages or dialects before starting school.

Students whose first language is not English do not always require ESL assistance. These students should be assessed by an appropriate person (for example, an ESL or learning support teacher). Regular assessments should be undertaken (for example, every two years), as proficiency in English will change over time.

ESL is also known as EAL/D (English as an additional language or dialect).

Students to be excluded

For further information, contact:

Vodcast

Click on the link to watch a short vodcast explaining the requirements concerning ESL tuition.

Indigenous students

Indigenous students are those students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identify as an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander.

Where school records do not include this information, schools may need to rely on self identification or seek parental advice.

Records of this information need to be retained by the school/governing body for a period of five years from Census Day, and in a way that ensures the integrity and security of the data and documents.

It is important to note that Indigenous persons exercise a choice in identifying their Indigenous status, and identification of Indigenous status by other parties is to be discouraged.

Students with disability (SWD)

A student with disability must meet the following criteria:

Records of each student’s verification under the EAP and the specific educational adjustments, which indicate the types of educational support services and resources provided, are to be retained by the school/governing body for a period of five years from Census Day, and in a way that ensures the integrity and security of the data and documents.

A student may have educational needs arising from disability in more than one category. In this case, a student with multiple disabilities should be included on one line only in the table EAP by impairment category, but with each disability category included across that line in the table.

Disability categories for verification:

Students to be excluded

The following students are not eligible under this program and must not be included as students with disability:

For further information, refer to the EAP Handbook published by the Department, or contact:

Last updated 8 March, 2018

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