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Students with a disability

Students with Disabilities are supported through Petrie’s Special Education Program.

The Special Education Program (SEP) is co-ordinated by our Head of Special Education Services, and has allocated teachers and teacher-aides whose role is to support students with a verified disability.

Disabilities include:

  • ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • II - Intellectual Impairment
  • VI - Vision Impairment
  • HI - Hearing Impairment
  • PI - Physical Impairment
  • SLI - Speech Language Impairment


The SEP provides an inclusive program and ensures students are able to participate and be successful in all areas of school life. The SEP specifically works on a non-deficit model, focuses on the strengths of the students and provides intensive support for their areas of need.

The SEP also supports staff and students in the following ways:

  • Managing profiling and reviews to determine levels of support
  • Coordinating the EAP (Education Adjustment Program)
  • Working with other specialist support staff, teacher aides and AVTs to provide appropriate support to enhance educational outcomes for identified students
  • Assisting staff to differentiate and adjust curriculum to ensure engagement in the classroom through an ILP (Individual Learning Plan).