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