Adjustments

You will be given the opportunity to work with your local school to establish which adjustments your child needs to support their learning.

What are adjustments?


Adjustments are the ways that teachers and schools make changes to teaching and learning programs, lessons, assessments, or the school environment for children with disability and additional learning and support needs.

These adjustments allow all students to access and participate in education on the same basis.

These adjustments can take a number of different forms. They could include:

  • Changes to the amount of lesson or unit content your child learns, or the time allowed for your child to complete a task.
  • Changes made to the learning materials that your child uses. For example, they might be given the material in digital formats, braille, or illustrated text, or given adjusted worksheets or assessments, or reworded tasks.
  • Changes to your child’s learning environment. These could include, for example, a personalised learning space for your child or the use of a sound field amplification system.

Young boy in a wheelchair using an tablet and large screen to make a drawing.
Image: Adjustments allow all students to access and participate in education on the same basis


Monitoring adjustments


The adjustments for your child will be regularly monitored, and revised from time to time as their needs change. They can be adapted or altered to meet your child's needs.

Any changes to these adjustments will be made with your input and collaboration. You have a vital role to play by taking part in discussions and planning with your school’s staff.

Staff can check how well your child’s adjustments are working by looking at:

  • progress notes kept by their teacher, specialist staff, or other professionals
  • input from you and your child
  • data that has been collected specifically for their planned personalised adjustments
  • updates to your child’s health care plan, if they have one, made in collaboration with medical professionals
  • records of any meetings held to review their adjustments
  • data about their progress in assessments.
  • records of any adjustments made for them in assessment tasks, and their
  • the plan for your child’s personalised learning and support, if they have one.

Your school will regularly meet with you to discuss the effectiveness of the adjustments made for your child.

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