Inclusive education is a whole of school approach at Lawnton State School, this means that students can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar-aged peers. At Lawnton, our students are supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Inclusive practices are embedded in all aspects of school life, and is supported by culture, policies and evidence-based practices. Quality differentiation practices are occurring in every lesson and activity for all students, including the use of assistive technology. We believe that collaboration between students, parents/caregivers and community members best support our Lawnton learners. We take pride in accessing support, advice and training through regional services that include occupational therapy, physical therapy, nurses and advisory visiting teachers.
Lawnton State School provides a range of services to support students throughout their learning journey.
Students with Disability (SWD)
Students with a disability and those who are identified through the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) are supported by our special education program. The program is identified as the Learning Engagement Centre (LEC) and consists of a Head of Special Education Services who leads a team of experienced and qualified specialist teachers and teacher aides. The team provide targeted and specialised instruction, as well as supporting classroom teachers to enable students with disability to access and engage with the curriculum and be part of the school community. The LEC implement the Educational Adjustment Program to reflect the frequency and intensity of reasonable adjustments for individual students in the following disability categories:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Intellectual disability
- Physical impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Vision impairment
- Speech and language impairment
Our Learning Support teachers and teacher aides hold expertise and in depth knowledge to support quality differentiation across the school. Programs that are implemented at Lawnton cater to differing abilities and needs, focussing on reading. Support is provided through:
- Analysis of student data
- Collaboration with classroom teachers
- Targeted implementation of programs for individual students or small groups
- Early Start literacy screening for prep students
- Intensive, focussed and differentiated learning opportunities for all students.
Our Student Services team consists of Principal, Deputies, Head of Special Education Services, Guidance Officer, Chaplains, and our Student Engagement Officer. The role of the Student Services team at Lawnton State School is to provide strategies and specialised support for students faced with learning barriers, wellbeing concerns, or attendance difficulties. Staff members initiate the referral process by discussing their concerns with the parents/carers and the student. The team accesses community supports and continues to develop partnerships with community services to meet the needs of students at our school.
School Guidance Officer
Lawnton State School has access to the services of an Education
Queensland appointed guidance officer to provide support for students where academic
concerns or other issues relating to personal or family matters
arise. Access to the guidance officer is by appointment through the school
office and appointments are available Monday and Friday.
Additional services may be provided to meet specific needs
including access to a speech pathologist and support teacher for students with
English as a second language.
Our school chaplain
is an additional support for the social/emotional needs of our students and
both chaplians work on different days within the school. Support is provided through
games, school excursions, in classrooms, specific personal enrichment programs
and on camp. No religious content is undertaken while working with students
without prior written parental consent. Chappy Shane's current day is Wednesday, Chappy Ellie's days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.