Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Supporting participation

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher supports full participation of a student with physical and intellectual disabilities. She collaborates with teachers and School Services Officers (SSOs) across the school to ensure that everyone is working towards a common goal to improve the student’s learning, and discusses induction processes including the staff handbook with policy information. She ensures that the student has equitable access to the curriculum through the individualised Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) and ensures that the student’s needs are accommodated through the organisation of her classroom.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.6
Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
Career stage
Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.
Other descriptors
Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.2
Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements
Career stage
Understand the implications of and comply with relevant legislative, administrative, organisational and professional requirements, policies and processes.
  1. What relevant policy and legislative requirements and codes of ethics are applicable for your situation when teaching students with disability?
  2. What inclusive practices would you apply to ensure full participation for students in your classroom or school?
Vale Park Primary School
South Australia
Year level
Year 6
Year 7
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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The school is in the Adelaide metropolitan area.  The mainstream year 6/7 class includes a student with physical and intellectual disabilities and the teacher in charge is an experienced special needs teacher.

Content provider
Department of Education and Child Development South Australia

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