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All decisions about curriculum options for students with special education needs should be made through the collaborative curriculum planning process. The decision-making illustrations on this page can be used to determine appropriate curriculum options for these students.

A few students with special education needs may find Life Skills courses are the most appropriate courses to follow for the RoSA or HSC. These are particularly students with an intellectual disability.

Before deciding that a student should study a Life Skills course, consider other ways of helping the student to engage with regular course outcomes. This may include a range of adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities. If the adjustments do not provide a student with sufficient access to some or all outcomes in Stages 4–6, one or more Life Skills courses might be appropriate. 

Life Skills courses are not an appropriate option for students:

  • performing below their cohort
  • who could be helped with appropriate adjustments and support.

A student studying any Stage 6 Life Skills courses should have completed one or more Life Skills course in Years 7–10.

Schools are not required to:

  • apply to the NSW Education Standards Authority for students to access Life Skills courses
  • submit planning documentation.

Parts 1 and 2 of the video Life Skills: Advice on Planning, Programming and Assessment give more advice about making the decision for a student to study one or more Life Skills course. You can also view Part 3: Planning and programming, Part 4: Assessing, or watch the complete video on YouTube here.

Part 1: Decision-making

Part 2: Case study

For further information, see the ACE website.

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