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​The Australian Curriculum underpins all the planned learning that is offered and enacted by our school. There is a focus on the General Capabilities.  Each student's learning is highly individualised and documented through the Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP). Toolkit 2 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Implementation Plan operationalise our curriculum plan.

Whole school level

Mackay District Special School’s AC:Managing Student Diversity Alignment Framework outlines our school community’s priorities for improving student learning outcomes.

This is a living, dynamic document that responds to the current cohort of students and their individual needs. It is also a reference for decision making in regards to ICPs as identified in teacher planning.


Using the Australian Curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students


Teachers refer to the Australian Curriculum learning area content that aligns with their students’ chronological age as the starting point in planning teaching and learning programs.
Teachers take account of the range of their students’ current levels of learning, strengths, goals and interests, and personalise learning where necessary through adjustments to the teaching and learning program, according to individual learning need, by:
  • drawing from learning area content at different levels along the Foundation to Year 10 sequence to personalise age-equivalent learning area content
  • using the general capabilities and/or cross-curriculum priorities to adjust the learning focus of the age-equivalent learning area content
  • aligning individual learning goals with age-equivalent learning area content
Teachers assess students’ progress through the Australian Curriculum in relation to achievement standards. Some students’ progress will be assessed in relation to their individual learning goals. Approaches to assessment and reporting will differ across the states and territories.