Example of adjustment for student with disability: Tumbulgum Public 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.

Tumbulgum Public School is a rural school on Bundjalung Country, in northern NSW. Approximately 30 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 attend the school. In this video, classroom teacher Courtenay describes several adjustments she makes in a literacy activity. 

She is making adjustments for Oliver, a confident learner who benefits from adjustments to support his attention and engagement in the classroom. Courtenay details some of the ways that group work, and incorporation of student abilities, interests and strengths facilitate student engagement, confidence, and learning success.

Reflection questions

  1. In this video, Courtenay outlined several adjustments she makes to support Oliver’s engagement. Thinking about some of the students you teach, how do you identify strategies that may support their engagement in the classroom?
  2. Courtenay also describes how student engagement can help her understand the effectiveness of the adjustments she is making. What indicators or data do you use to assess whether an adjustment is supporting 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 resource examines the methods adopted by a classroom teacher in making adjustments for a student with disability. 


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