The Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) supports the education of students with disabilities in Victorian Government schools by providing schools with additional resources. The resources are provided to schools to assist in the education of students with disabilities, not to individual students.
Essex Heights has been enrolling students who qualify for this program since the early 1980’s. The school is recognised as a leader for its inclusive approach to education.
Essex Heights has a strong philosophy of inclusion and as such is committed to ensuring that students with special needs have access to all the school has to offer – music, sport, excursions and camps. The school personnel are able to assist parents who wish to access the services of speech pathologist, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
Many students will require a support worker to help ensure their inclusion and safety in school activities. The support worker will provide the child with the practical help he/she needs to access the curriculum and also promote the development of the child’s self esteem and self confidence, both fundamental for optimal learning.
Essex Heights has many experienced support workers who work under the guidance of the classroom teacher to provide a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum.