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Education of a kind or for children of a kind

  • Under the Education Act, 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 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 of each class of registration. 

Any secondary school that is registered but not accredited to enter candidates for the award of the RoSA and/or HSC 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 RoSA and/or HSC. 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 registration system and/or member 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
  • an overview of the school's educational program indicating
    • the scope and sequence of learning/units of work in relation to the outcomes for each learning area/course for each Year/class
    • resources and equipment available for each learning area/course
    • 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 relating to the standard of teaching that includes:
    • consistency between the various elements of the school’s curriculum including NESA syllabus outcomes, scope and sequence, teaching programs, assessment records and samples of student work
    • records of teacher reflection/evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities
    • records of the progressive achievement of students over time
    • records of the school’s analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
    • records of teaching strategies to meet the needs of students across a variety of student backgrounds and learning profiles, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • evidence relating to student engagement in learning that includes records of:
    • students’ learning progress over time
    • teaching strategies and programs designed and implemented to meet the learning needs of students across a variety of student backgrounds and learning profiles, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • 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 RoSA and/or HSC and indicates the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

For each calendar year, the school must maintain for each Year/class, until the end of that calendar year:

  • teaching programs for each unit of work that correspond to those identified in the scope and sequence of learning/units of work
  • samples of student work that relate to the teaching program for that year.

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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