For students in Years P - 10, the school utilises Curriculum to the Classroom (C2C) Units of Work for Students with Disability as these units have been quality assured to align with the Australian Curriculum. These units ensure our students are learning on the same basis as age peers and that over time all the Cross Curriculum Organises are addressed. This ensures a balanced education at Mackenzie Special.
All these students in Years P - 10 have an Individual Curriculum Plan which specifies the Curriculum Assessment Point that the student is working to achieve and this could be either a Partial Achievement Standard or P-2 Intent within the Australian Curriculum or an Extended General Capability.
For students in Years 11 - 12, the school utilises the mandated Guide for Individual Learning (GIL) that provides individualised learning experiences that lead to a Certificate of Individual Learning. These students utilise and array of post school preparation programs both on and off site as the platform for learning the skills identified within the GIL which have particular significance for each individual.
Aspirational targets, focussed on the needs of the Individual are identified at the end of year 9 in order to inform a Student Education and Training Plan which informs the goals selected within the GIL.
The school places great emphasis on literacy and numeracy and to this end it has embarked on an array of explicit teaching approaches to support student learning in in all years of schooling. Each year the school has a particular focus of improved student learning that is articulated in and Explicit Learning Agenda.
Of recent years the focus has related to Communication and Literacy since these are tools that underpin other learning improvements.
Functional literacy and numeracy opportunities are embedded in our class programs, while micro industries and specialist lessons all provide the opportunity for students to generalise and apply their developing skills in meaningful holistic contexts.