Learning Services

​Inclusive Education 

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Inclusive Education at St Teresa's Catholic College involves building a community that responds to, values, and celebrates diversity.  In recognition of the unique gifts and needs of individuals, the College strives to maximise accessibility and to encourage the participation of all students in the learning and social environments of the school.  A crucial element in the College’s commitment to this endeavour is the Learning Services team which provides a range of programs and support processes that embed the notion of inclusivity.  As a team, we aim to support all students in the pursuit of their full potential. 

Each member of the Learning Services team is dedicated and committed to their support role at the school and each member brings to the task their own particular skills and strengths in a range of fields and areas of expertise. We support students using a variety of strategies in a number of contexts including:

  • In-class support (either one-to-one assistance or in a small group) in consultation and collaboration with classroom teachers; 

  • Targeted Blocks - students voluntarily make a booking to use the Learning Services rooms during the Targeted Blocks to access assistance with their academic commitments. Students make the booking in their Pastoral Care class at the start of the day and with the permission of the relevant classroom teacher are able to spend a lesson accessing support.

The Learning Services Team comprises of: 

  • Support Teacher – Inclusive Education; 

  • Inclusion Teacher (one day per week); and

  • Student Learning Aides 



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The Homework Centre is also available in the Champagnat Learning Centre at the following times:

Mon, Tue, Thur: 2.20pm - 3.30pm

Wed: 2.20pm - 4.00pm

Fri: Closed

All students are able to access assistance from members of the Learning Services team to enhance their learning and academic success.  Many teachers also volunteer their time to further assist students in the Homework Centre. In addition to general homework support, a Literacy Mentor is available on a Monday and a Math Mentor is available on a Tuesday.





Special Provisions

​This policy defines the responsibilities, principles and guidelines to be applied for special provisions in school-based assessments at St Teresa’s Catholic College (STCC).  The College is guided by the Policy on Special Provisions for School-based Assessments in Authority and Authority-registered Subjects 2009 developed through Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) and the Australian Government’s Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Special provisions is a positive act of making reasonable adjustments to assessment requirements and conditions to ensure that assessment is equitable. Students with specific educational needs should have opportunities to demonstrate their current knowledge and skills.

Reasonable adjustments for students with specific educational needs should be planned and negotiated early in the learning program so that students can be provided with appropriate support to complete course study requirements.

Special provisions involve the application of relevant syllabus criteria and standards against which achievement is judged. Assessment criteria and standards are not modified to suit particular students.  The College is required to maintain the intent and rigour of the syllabus or study area specification and any other requirements or components that are inherent or essential to the course of study.  Special provisions do not involve compensating for what the student does not know or cannot do.

The student and other relevant personnel/ stakeholders should be consulted and involved in the decision processes concerning special provisions.  Each case must be considered on an individual basis and decisions reached through consultation.

This policy does not apply to the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test, the scaling for Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs), the Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) and ACARA NAPLAN Tests.  Separate processes and procedures apply for these.

Procedure to Apply for Special Provisions

1. Fill in relevant sections of Special Provisions Application Form (see Support Teacher – Inclusive Education).

2. Attach supporting documentation (Medical certificate or other relevant documentary evidence) and submit to one of the following College personnelAttach supporting documentation (Medical certificate or other relevant documentary evidence) and submit to one of the following College personnel

  • Assistant Principal – Administration; or
  • Curriculum Coordinator; or
  • Support Teacher – Inclusive Education; or
  • Guidance Counsellor.

​3. Consultation with College Staff / Parent or Carer / Student.

4. The College notifies Student / Parent or Carer of approval / non-approval of Special Provisions.  Student is included on the STCC Special Provisions Matrix and Staff are informed.The College notifies Student / Parent or Carer of approval / non-approval of Special Provisions.  Student is included on the STCC Special Provisions Matrix and Staff are informed.

Clare Waterworth
Support Teacher – Inclusive Education​