Students with a disability


Our goal is for each student to develop in independence and confidence, so that they can meet the challenges of our community in the most successful way possible.

The Special Education Program (SEP) was established in 1994, with the opening of the Arundel State School. At present it supports approximately 70 students.

It is staffed by the Head of Special Education Services, SEP teachers and teacher aides. Staffing is annually resourced by Regional Office and determined by the needs of the children.

Who is supported?

Students who have been diagnosed and verified as needing support for Intellectual Disability (ID), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or Speech Language Impairment (SLI). Students commencing the verification process may be supported at the Principal's discretion. Students who have other impairments e.g. physical (PI), visual (VI), hearing (HI) are supported by an Advisory Visiting Teacher (AVT). All placements must be approved by the Principal Education Officer: Student Services at South East Regional Office Manager.

How are students enrolled?

Students are enrolled into their age appropriate year level class and have the added benefit of being supported by the SEP.  

What facilities does the SEP have?

The SEP has 4 teaching spaces, a combined kitchen and laundry, ensuite bathroom, sensory room, computer lab and an office. It is centrally located in the school campus. Students may also access support from Education Queensland’s Advisory Visiting Teachers, Speech language Pathologists, Guidance Officers, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists as required.

What areas of learning are covered in the SEP?

  • Functional literacy and numeracy
  • Personal Development
  • Motor skills—fine and gross
  • Oral language and communication
  • Life skills (cooking, organisation, sewing, music, art, craft, music and gardening)
  • Technology
  • School based core curriculum—key learning areas

What is an ISP?

Each student is provided with an Individual Student Plan, which is jointly written by families, the class teacher, and SEP staff. This is done as required, at least once per year. It outlines the intended priority goals for the student, along with curriculum outcomes, strategies and responsibilities. It can reflect social, personal, community, home and leisure goals depending upon the agreed strengths, concerns and priorities for the student.

What form can support take?

This is determined on an individual basis, with an attempt being made to balance direct support (withdrawal to the SEP, in class support, play time) with indirect support (resources and planning with the class teacher, discussions with families)

How much support will the student get?

This is determined individually, ranging from minor to extensive. Our focus is always upon the student reaching agreed goals, and curriculum outcomes, through an Individual Student Plan (ISP).

Where can we find out more?

To make an appointment to visit, or to discuss any concerns you may have, please contact

Nick Kennon

Head of Special Education Services

Special Education Program

Arundel State School,

Napper Road, Arundel 4214

Ph: 07 5561 4834   Fax: 07 5561 4835


Last reviewed 29 April 2020
Last updated 29 April 2020