Wavell State High School recognises the definition of disability as outlined in the Disability
Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and adheres to our obligations under the Disability Standards for
Education 2005 to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the
same basis as other students.
The Wavell Support Centre (WSC) provides support for students who meet the criteria for Verification
under the Department of Education and Training’s Education Adjustment Program (EAP). This is a
process for identifying and responding to the educational needs of students with disability who require
significant education adjustments related to the specific impairment areas of:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Hearing Impairment (HI)
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Physical Impairment (PI)
- Speech-Language Impairment (SLI)
- Vision Impairment (VI).
Wavell State High School is committed to inclusive practices and the WSC provides an inclusive
program of support within the school’s learning community with students participating in classes with
their peers and accessing differentiated teaching. Our belief is that most students, regardless of their
skills and abilities, learn best when they are appropriately supported in regular classes alongside their
Students supported by WSC attend mainstream classes with support offered as required. The level of
support offered is dependent on the individual student’s needs. Support may include teacher aides/
WSC teachers in classes, adjustments to the learning material and assignments, and social and
For those students requiring intensive teaching, specific classes will be made available where
appropriate. Each student’s educational support needs are determined on an individual basis and may
change as they mature and progress. Adjustments are made in the areas of Curriculum,
Communication, Social Participation/Emotional Wellbeing, Health and Personal Care, Safety, and
Students with disabilities can access specialist support personnel including: Advisory Visiting Teachers
(HI, ASD), Speech Language Pathologist, Guidance Officer, Chaplain, School Based Youth Health
Nurse and other specialists organised by the school as required.
Support for all SEP Students
Case Manager - In order to facilitate effective communication between home and school, a case
manager will be allocated to monitor your child’s progress and needs at school. This person should be
your first point of contact, should you have any concerns. This case manager also works closely with
classroom teachers and supports engagement and achievement in learning.
In–class Support - Teachers and teacher aides support students as they participate in their classes.
This assists individual students to achieve success in their educational programs. Support in
classrooms assists with safety, engagement, understanding, participation, social interactions and
Student Support Plan - Each student with a verified disability will have a Student Support Plan
compiled by their case manager to provide teachers with strategies to implement that will help the
student access and engage in learning with success.
Lunchtime Tutorials – WSC Teacher Aide staff are available during second half of second break each
day to support students to do homework and assessment or class catch-up.
Lunchtime Activity Program- WSC Teacher Aide staff engage students in a variety of indoor and
outdoor activities during the second half of second break each day to encourage appropriate social
interaction and create an environment where all students in the school feel welcome to join in.
SEP Support in Junior School - Year 7 to 9
Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) - Where there exists a need for students to be working at a level that
is significantly different to that of their age group/year level, the ICP process is a means of
collaboratively planning for and recording their educational requirements. It allows the school team to
consider the student's current level of performance and to determine their educational needs and future
learning priorities in all key learning areas. Parental input into this process is most welcome. A student
with an ICP is taught, assessed and reported according to their identified ICP year level and learning
expectations for that particular subject.
WSC Tutorial - A Tutorial Support class can be accessed by students to enable them extra time and
teacher assistance to meet the requirements of subjects, students will be withdrawn from a language
subject to enable a tutorial to occur on their timetable.
Support for Core Learning Areas - Based on each student’s learning needs, we provide varying levels
of support in the four core subjects English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Science. This can be in
the form of teacher or teacher aide in class support and through adjustments made to tasks, resources
SEP Support in Senior School - Years 10 to 12
In the Senior Phase of Learning all students work towards achieving the Queensland Certificate of
Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA). WSC students and
their parents receive support during the Senior Education and Training (SET) planning phase in Year
10 to make appropriate decisions about their pathway and subject choices for year 11 and 12.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Pathway - To be awarded a QCE, students must have
at least 20 credits in the required pattern, and fulfil literacy and numeracy requirements. WSC students
are monitored and supported to meet the demands of their course load.
Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) Pathway - Some students with a disability
will need to be supported more extensively through years 11 and 12 and can therefore access a range
of options on a QCIA Pathway. This pathway focuses on preparation for the workplace and learning
how to become a responsible community member. Student’s access modified subjects as part of their
Tutorial Support - A Tutorial Support class can be accessed by students to enable them extra time
and teacher assistance to meet the requirements of subjects on a Queensland Certificate of Education
(QCE) pathway. This decision can only be made after an assessment of potential QCE points. Tutorial
support is sometimes offered to students in other year levels to help them cope with their class load
and access extra support.
Work Experience - In senior years, SEP students are given the opportunity to take part in work
experience or school based traineeship options, as appropriate, in order to build skills in preparation for
employment. Year 11 and 12 students are also encouraged and supported to connect with a disability
employment service provider who will see them through the transition from school to employment and
provide ongoing assistance.
Head of Special Education Services
Eliza Wallace & Louise Pendlebury
33 500 392/ 33500 341