Example of adjustment for student with disability: Fernhill School

Adjustments provide opportunities for students with disability to access learning on the same basis as their peers. Understanding when and how to make effective adjustments can help create an inclusive learning environment in which all students are able to fully participate.

Fernhill School caters for diverse learners from kindergarten to year 12 and is located on Darug Country in Greater Western Sydney. In this video, Assistant Principal and teacher Krista-Ann, and School Learning Support Officer (SLSO) Donna, describe adjustments made in a numeracy activity for Myla. 

Krista-Ann details some of the ways that multimodal learning activities, modelling and incorporation of student abilities, interests and strengths facilitate student autonomy, confidence, and learning success. 

Reflection questions

  1. In this video, Krista-Ann outlined several adjustments she makes to support Myla’s engagement and autonomy. Thinking about some of the students you teach, how do you identify strategies that may support their engagement in the classroom?
  2. Donna describes how they trial adjustments multiple times, and use student engagement to understand the effectiveness of those adjustments. What processes do you use to trial and assess adjustments for the students you teach?

School Excellence Framework alignment

Wellbeing, Effective classroom practice

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn


Primary teachers


This video shows how a classroom teacher implements adjustments for a student with disability. 


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