Meeting Diverse Learning Needs

Special Education

Each child is unique and learns in a variety of ways and at different rates. As a system of schools, Our commitment is to respecting and honouring the diversity of each individual as a fundamental principle of learning and teaching.

Meeting the needs of all students is the responsibility of the whole school community. In some cases, children with additional learning needs or disabilities may require individualised programs and support. Through a focus on learning and wellbeing, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta provides a range of support and services to meet students’ individual needs.

Post School Options Program for Students with Additional Needs

Specialist Support Teams

All schools in the Parramatta diocese have Specialist Support Teams. Specialist teachers work within the school community, and in partnership with parents/caregivers, to provide consultation, assessment, planning and referral services for students with a variety of learning and additional needs. Students who receive additional education support are commonly identified with the one or more of the following conditions:

  • intellectual disabilities
  • physical disabilities
  • hearing impairment
  • vision impairment
  • communication disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • mental health condition (emotional disorders)

Specialist Support teachers work in a number of different ways such as:

  • providing direct service delivery to students
  • consulting with and supporting class teachers with curriculum differentiation
  • coordinating the Personalised Planning
  • liaising with Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta in areas such as assessment and funding applications

Catholic Education Specialist Support teams:

  • Wellbeing and Behaviour team
  • K-12 System Counsellors team
  • Attendance team
  • Post School Options team
  • High Support Needs team (Kirinari & Wiyanga)
  • Jarara Indigenous Education Unit
  • Specialist Intervention Team
  • Assessment Team
  • Teaching Educator
  • Transition Coordinator (pre school - school)

Further assistance can be provided by:

  • school-based Learning Support teachers and teacher assistants
  • support programs for students with a hearing or vision impairment
  • secondary high support learning centres for students with moderate intellectual disabilities
  • educational psychologists who support groups of primary and secondary schools
  • speech pathology assessment and advice
  • Transition programs to employment or further studies/ training for secondary students with disabilities. Learn about Post School Options Program for Students with Additional Needs
  • Autism satellite classes in conjunction with Aspect Australia
  • personalised planning processes for students
  • professional development activities for teacher and parents

High Support Learning Centres

Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta is committed to providing an inclusive education for students and recognises that some students with a moderate intellectual disability may need additional support. The High Support Needs centres for learning are located on the grounds of Xavier College, Llandilo and St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas providing students with an alternate platform for learning.

The learning for students enrolled in the high support needs classes recognises the individual ability of each student and the pace at which they learn. We work in partnership with families to deliver a personalised and engaging learning program for every student that recognises their abilities, their interests and their skills. Where appropriate, this may also include attendance in some mainstream classes.

All new schools to be built in the Diocese of Parramatta will include provision to provide support High Support learning needs.

Personalised Plans

A key part of the education program is to establish a Personalised Plan for students with disability, who require ongoing adjustments to learning. The Personalised Planning process ensures collaboration between parents/caregivers, teachers, Specialist Support teachers and other support personnel in setting individual goals for students for the school year.

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolment and fees for our High Support Learning Centres follow the policy for enrolment in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. If your child has a moderate intellectual disability and you are considering a suitable learning setting for your child contact Mrs Alma George by phone on 0407 233 622 or email to talk about your child’s needs.

The priority criteria for students seeking enrolment in Wiyanga are the same as for all students seeking enrolment in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Parramatta. You are encouraged to begin the enrolment process at least a year in advance of the normal enrolment period to allow for assessment of the support and adjustments required for your child.


Further information about how we can meet the additional learning needs for your child may be obtained by contacting your local Catholic school directly. You can also contact Catholic Education’s Student Services Diverse Learning Needs team on 0407 233 622 or email



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