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Questions to ask schools, and responses to look for

When you are visiting prospective schools, you should feel comfortable to ask as many questions as you want, to get a good sense of whether the school is likely to suit your child. On this page: Look for a welcoming, positive approach Be upfront about your child’s needs Your child’s care, access and travel needs […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Move schools or not? Reflections from parents and carers

‘I think it’s really important for families not to become disillusioned. Other families have also taken this journey. There are avenues.‘ – Tania On this page: Try to resolve issues first When might a move be the best outcome? Go for what you want – if it doesn’t work, reassess Mainstream to specialist and back […]

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Mainstream government schools

Victorian government policy states that every child has the right to attend their designated local government school ­– the school for which they are ‘zoned’. On this page: Your child’s designated local school Other government schools Part-time attendance, dual enrolment and specialist units Your child’s designated local school There are many reasons why many families […]

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Government specialist schools and units

Victorian government policy states that your child has the right to attend the nearest specialist school for which they are eligible. On this page: What can specialist schools offer? Specialist or ‘sattelite’ units within mainstream schools For students with an intellectual disability For Deaf and hearing impaired students For Blind or vision impaired students For […]

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Applying for government specialist schools or units

If you are considering a specialist school, begin your research and application process at least by the first few months of the year before your child would start at the school. On this page: Eligibility For students with an intellectual disability Application and assessment If your child is already on the PSD Eligibility There is […]

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Dual enrolment: issues to consider

Another potential option is dual enrolment, where your child is enrolled in both a mainstream and a specialist school at the same time, and divides their week between the two settings. On this page: Issues to consider Types of schools and funding issues Families sometimes choose dual enrolment so that their child can benefit from […]

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Catholic schools

There are many mainstream Catholic schools, as well as some specialist schools and programs. On this page: Fees and funding Enrolment and eligibility Complaints Specialist Catholic schools Mainstream Catholic schools are inclusive of all children and young people, including those with a disability. They are provided for Catholic families, but are also open to non-Catholics. […]

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Independent schools

Victorian independent schools include a small number of specialist schools, alternative and community schools, and non-Catholic religious-based schools of various faiths and denominations. On this page: Enrolment Standards and complaints Funding and fees Specialist independent schools and units Independent schools vary widely in their fees, selection criteria, entry procedures and approach to education, including in […]

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Home-based education options

There are a variety of reasons why some families choose to educate their children at home, whether short- or long-term. On this page: Home schooling Distance education Temporary home- or hospital-based options Some families make a positive choice of home-schooling or distance education as the best option for their child and family. Others home school […]

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Programs for young people not at school, or at risk of dropping out

‘Re-engagement’ programs provide flexible learning and support, often aiming to support children and young people to re-engage with school, or to provide pathways to training and employment. On this page: Why students struggle and ‘disengage’ When ‘re-engagement’ programs might be an option What do they do? Referral, access and adjustments Find out more Why students […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015