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NSW Syllabuses

Supporting students with special education needs

Special Education

Syllabuses developed by the NSW Education Standards Authority for each stage of learning, Early Stage 1 to Stage 6, are inclusive of the full range of learners.

Most students with special education needs will meet curriculum requirements by participating fully in learning experiences based on the regular syllabus outcomes and content.

Collaborative curriculum planning will determine the most appropriate curriculum options for all students with special education needs in keeping with their needs, strengths, goals, interests and prior learning.

Some students may require additional support, including adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities

Years 7–12 Life Skills

Before deciding that a student should study a Life Skills course, consider other ways of helping the student to engage with regular course outcomes. This may include a range of adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities. If the adjustments do not provide a student with sufficient access to some or all outcomes in Stage 4–6, one or more Life Skills courses might be appropriate. All decisions about curriculum options for students with special education needs should be made through the collaborative curriculum planning process.

Life Skills outcomes can be accessed below. These are intended to be read in the context of the syllabuses, which can be found within each Key Learning Area.

Read more about Life Skills.