Curriculum is dynamic and encompasses:
- the learning environment
- teaching approaches and strategies
- assessment programs and methods
- the values and ethos of the school
- the relationships and behaviours among students and teachers.
These are all interconnected and provide the experiences that contribute to student learning.
A curriculum that maximises the learning of all students is one that recognises and celebrates diversity and engages all students in intellectually challenging learning experiences. It provides students with clear guidance on what they are learning and how they will be assessed.
Australian Curriculum has been developed based on the assumption that each student is capable of learning and their needs are important. Schools should construct learning programs to meet the learning needs of their students, including students with ASD, based on the Australian Curriculum. It is important to note that the Australian Curriculum is presented as a continuum that makes clear what is to be taught across school year levels for all students, including students with ASD.
The Australian Curriculum enables teachers to plan rigorous, relevant and engaging learning and assessment experiences for students with disability, including students with ASD.
For those learning areas where the Australian Curriculum is not being implemented, schools implement the Queensland curriculum developed by the
Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the
Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) require education providers, including both state and non-state schools, to make reasonable adjustments to assist students, including students with ASD, to participate in learning and to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
The following information has been developed to assist educators in providing high quality education opportunities for students with ASD.