Determination for study of Years 7–10 courses based on Life Skills outcomes and content

ACE 3001

Last Updated: 13 April 2016

Eligibility

For most students with special education needs, the regular course outcomes and content in the Years 7–10 Board syllabuses and Board Endorsed courses will be appropriate.

For a small percentage of students with special education needs, in particular for those students with an intellectual disability, it may be determined that the regular outcomes and content in one or more Board syllabuses and Board Endorsed courses are not appropriate. For these students, the Life Skills outcomes and content in the syllabuses can provide the basis for a relevant and meaningful program.

A decision to allow a student to undertake Life Skills outcomes and content in one or more Years 7–10 courses is made collaboratively with the student, parents/carers and the school. Information about collaborative curriculum planning is available at ACE 3004 Collaborative curriculum planning

The Board expects that the majority of students who undertake Life Skills outcomes and content in one or more Years 7–10 courses will be students with an intellectual disability.

The appropriate timing of the decision to access Life Skills outcomes and content in a Years 7–10 course will be determined by the needs of the individual student and the collaborative planning process.

Schools are not required to seek permission for students to access courses based on Life Skills outcomes and content or submit planning documentation to the Board of Studies.

Adjustments to regular course work and/or assessment tasks

Before deciding that a student should undertake a course based on Life Skills outcomes and content, consideration should be given to other ways of assisting the student to engage with the regular course outcomes. This assistance may include adjustments at a school level for course work and/or assessment tasks.