Inclusive Education

UCHSK is a fully accessible and inclusive school where our diverse group of students are enriched and challenged through quality teaching to achieve high standards. Our innovative and dynamic educational programs are based on the Australian Curriculum and are differentiated to ensure inclusion and success for all. Every student is encouraged to be an active and meaningful participant in each area of the curriculum. Our highly skilled staff work collaboratively with parents/carers, students and the wider community to develop programs which cater to the educational and social/emotional needs of all students. Our whole school differentiation approach to inclusive education provides an environment where young people feel safe, valued and engaged in all aspects of the school community and fosters ownership towards learning. Inclusive Education students are required to have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). An ILP is a working document designed by teachers in collaboration with students, families and others that identifies planning and evaluation of educational programs.

Learning Support Unit (Autism) (LSUA) - for students who meet the ACT Education Directorate criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Learning Support Unit (LSU) - for students who meet the ACT Education Directorate criteria for intellectual disability.

Inclusion Support Program (ISP) - for students who meet the ACT Education Directorate criteria in any category (includes vision and hearing).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) - for students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) - for students who identify English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

International Students (IS) - for students attending from other countries.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program offers a wide range of support in academic and social development. The A&TSI Professional Learning Team work individually with students to develop personal literacy, numeracy, social and transition goals. The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) works collaboratively with UCHSK staff to further assist A&TSI students achieve their goals and reach their full educational potential. Various arts and community programs are offered through the A&TSI program, including the Bungee Program from Belconnen Community Centre and PCYC. A&TSI students participate in reading groups set up with students from the Australian National University and University of Canberra, and they plan, organise and facilitate cultural events and celebrations throughout the year.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) and International Students (IS)

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) is the study of English by students whose first language is a language or dialect other than English, and who require focused educational support to assist them in attaining proficiency in Standard Australian English. At UCHSK we support EALD students with individual support and tailored programming. The EALD coordinator works with teachers to advise on strategies to assist students. UCHSK embraces cultural diversity and is proud to host international students from several countries in our school. We offer high quality learning in a supportive environment to our international students, with the ability to individually tailor student programs. Students meet daily with our International Students coordinator. International students at UCHSK are supported by the International Education Unit (IEU) within the ACT Education Directorate.