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NSW Syllabuses

Students with special education needs

All students are entitled to participate in and progress through the curriculum. Schools are required to provide additional support or adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities for some students with special education needs. Adjustments are measures or actions taken in relation to teaching, learning and assessment that enable a student with special education needs to access syllabus outcomes and content and demonstrate achievement of outcomes.

Students with special education needs can access outcomes and content from K–10 syllabuses in a range of ways. Students may engage with:

  • syllabus outcomes and content with adjustments to teaching, learning and/or assessment activities; or
  • selected K–10 syllabus outcomes and content appropriate to their learning needs; or
  • syllabus outcomes from an earlier Stage, using age-appropriate content; or
  • selected Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes and content from one or more syllabus.

Decisions regarding curriculum options, including adjustments should be made in the context of collaborative curriculum planning with the student, parent/carer and other significant individuals to ensure that decisions are appropriate for the learning needs and priorities of individual students.

Further information can be found in support materials for:

  • Geography
  • Special education needs
  • Life Skills Years 7–10.