Example of adjustment for    student with disability:              Henry Kendall High 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. 

Henry Kendall High School is a comprehensive public high school on Darkinjung Country, on the NSW Central Coast. Approximately 850 students attend the school. In this video, head teacher Louise describes several adjustments she makes in a science lesson to support the attention and engagement of various students. 

Louise details some of the ways that short activities, multimodal instructions, small and large group activities and building on student strengths can facilitate student engagement, confidence and success.

Reflection questions

  1. In this video, Louise outlined several adjustments she makes to support student engagement. Thinking about some of the students you teach, are there strategies from this video that may support their engagement in the classroom?
  2. Louise also talks about the ways she assess’ student understanding, background knowledge, and strengths to support their learning. How do you currently use assessment to improve student learning?

School Excellence Framework alignment

Wellbeing, Effective classroom practice

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn


Secondary teachers


This video highlights a range of strategies a classroom teacher used to give all students the opportunity to learn.  


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