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Special options places to expand

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The number of special options placements for students with a disability will be expanded over the next two years, increasing the total number of places by a further 154.

A consultation process is being undertaken to select the preschools and schools, with priority given to regions assessed as having the highest need.

The state government is also introducing a new $3.2m statewide service, Health Education Interface, which will be available to all school sectors to manage complex and challenging behaviours.

This service accessed via referral will alleviate workload on classroom teachers by ensuring that students with complex needs have the additional support they require through consultation and intervention, with health support planning for families.

An additional 100 places for students with special needs will be created in each of 2 new schools to be built in the north and south of Adelaide.

The northern school is likely to be in the Munno Para region and the southern school in the Sellicks Beach/Aldinga region.

Placement in a special option will be dependent on student eligibility and priority.

Families seeking information about the placement process and eligibility criteria should contact their local school or preschool. Offers will be made before the start of the 2018 school year.