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Break the divide A strong support network and a policy of inclusion helps students to thrive at this Brisbane school.


ducators at Marsden State High School outside Brisbane in Queensland are demonstrating the benefits of an inclusive learning environment. The Special Education Program (SEP) at the school of 2,250 students includes those with disabilities, plus specialist behaviour management support and a large learning support unit.

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Funding has helped support the school’s Special Education Program (SEP). Here students participate in a cooking class led by teacher Martha Hockings.

About 130 students are verified under the Adjustment Information Management System (AIMS) and qualify for extra resources. But there are many more students in need of support who don’t meet the criteria. Fortunately, the extra Gonski funding over the past few years helped to provide a strong student support services network, which includes three youth support coordinators, an industry liaison officer, a careers engagement

IN SHORT // Marsden State High School offers a Special Education Program (SEP). // Teachers switch between teaching mainstream and SEP classes. // The result is more shared understanding and a commitment to work together.

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Educator autumn 2019

Educator autumn 2019