At Southport Special School, we believe that every student is capable of achieving success in their learning and engagement at school. We aim to provide an individualised curriculum, to broaden students' knowledge, skills, attitudes and readiness to engage as valued members of the wider community.
Our teachers use the Australian Curriculum to inform their teaching and learning programs from P - 10. Our Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework outlines our systematic approach which ensures each student has access and participation in a rich learning program throughout their schooling years. Students from Prep to Year 10 are taught and assessed in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, HASS or History and Geography, The Arts and Technologies. All students are exempt from Languages.
Senior secondary students, Years 11-12, access school-based subjects for their learning which have been designed using the Guidelines for Individual Learning (GIL, QCAA, 2015) which is a curriculum framework for students with disabilities. Some students may be able to access Certificate 1 courses in Vocational Education Training (VET). These are certified courses carried out through our Registered Training Organisation, SETA. Certificate 1 Courses currently include:
- Certificate 1 Hospitality
- Certificate 1 Agrifoods
All students from Prep to Year 10 have an Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) that is developed each semester to support their learning in accordance to the Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework (CARF). A Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan is also developed for the students in Year 10, which identifies their relevant senior schooling and post school pathway.
In Year 11 a further plan is created to identify the individual goals each student will work on across Years 11 and 12. This is called a QCIA Curriculum Plan and it ensures students work steadily across their last semesters to attain a Queensland Certificate of Individual Education (QCIA). In the senior sector students access their academic learning through units of work which will also support their development of functional skills to assist them in preparing for their life beyond school.
All students at Southport Special School have an Individual Communication goal which is informed through data collected through the use of the ROCC Tool.