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Education of a kind or for children of a kind

Under the Education Act 1990, children of a kind are prescribed by the Regulations as:

  • children who need special instruction because of sensory, physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities
  • children who are, or are the children of, foreign nationals.

A school that is only registered for education of a kind, or for children of a kind, prescribed by the Regulations must only have students enrolled at that school that meet those criteria.

Where a school is registered as providing education of a kind, or for children of a kind, the Education Act 1990 makes provision for the school to provide a specific curriculum to cater to the needs of its students.

A school with more than one class of registration must meet the requirements for each class of registration. 

Any secondary school that is registered but not accredited to enter candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement must notify parents of students in writing each year that students who complete their secondary education at that school will not be eligible for a Record of School Achievement. It must also inform parents of the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

Evidence of compliance

Where the Minister has approved the registration of a non-government school as providing education of a kind, or for children of a kind, the non-government school must maintain documentation for each calendar year of its registration that includes:

  • documentation to certify that each student undertaking such education is a foreign national or a child of a foreign national, or, a child of a kind as prescribed by the Regulations
  • how the curriculum delivered by the school meets the needs of the students
  • timetables for each Year/class showing the allocation of time and teachers for each learning area/course
  • the scope and sequence of learning/units of work in relation to each learning area/course for each Year/class
  • an assessment plan indicating how students' performance in each learning area/course is assessed, monitored and recorded
  • an overview of the process for reporting student achievement
  • evidence that, if the school is a secondary school that is registered or exempt from registration only, the school informs parents of students in writing each year that the school is not eligible to enter candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement and indicates the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

A school must also maintain, until the end of each calendar year, teaching programs for each unit of work for each Year/class that correspond to those identified in the scope and sequence of learning/units of work.

Schools must be able to demonstrate evidence of alignment between NESA syllabuses and the school's curriculum documentation including scope and sequences, teaching programs and assessment plans used by the school. In some circumstances, upon request or as part of an inspection visit, a school may need to provide student work that demonstrates alignment to the teaching programs.

A school must have resources and equipment available for providing the learning area/courses.

Where a non-government school is registered to provide education for children who are, or are the children of, foreign nationals, the teaching staff must hold qualifications that are deemed appropriate by the relevant education authority (or equivalent) to teach the curriculum being delivered.

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