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At our Catholic schools we see belonging as being accepted for who you are and being made feel safe in a welcoming environment. That’s what we strive for every day.

One way that Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) creates a sense of belonging is to ensure our schools remain accessible to all and embrace inclusive learning environments. This not only means giving all students the opportunity to participate in curriculum but also ensuring our schools have spaces and activities so that all students can learn and participate together.

To achieve a successful model of inclusion, learning environments need to be thoughtfully arranged, curriculum designed and instructed to meet the needs of all students and staff provided with the most up to date, quality learning and teaching practices.

To ensure schools are supported in this delivery TCE has a dedicated Inclusive Education team who work with our staff in schools to ensure resources and innovative options are available to affirm inclusion as part of the pedagogy of Catholic schools.

With no one size fits all approach, TCE believes all students belong in our communities and our Inclusive Education Team work closely with our Learning and Teaching team and external agencies to share the skills and experience of Speech Language Pathologists, Hearing Impairment specialist, Inclusion specialists and the English as an Additional Language or Dialect specialist to ensure continuity and consistency of support for students.

Learn more about what our specialists offer:

Speech Language Pathologists

Our speech pathologists support teachers with planning and ensuring all tasks are accessible to all students with language/literacy needs.

Advisory Visiting Specialist – EAL/D

Our specialist collaborates with schools in the provision of specialised advice to support students who are learning English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) fostering cultural responsiveness amongst staff, students and the school community.

Advisory Visiting Specialist – Hearing Impairment (AVS-HI)

Hearing Impairment specialists work alongside teachers offering educational support for students from Prep to Year 12 who have a hearing loss to enhance their resilience in the hearing world and advocate for their needs.

Advisory Visiting Specialists – Inclusion (AVS-I)

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Inclusion specialists work with school leadership teams, teachers, student support services and parents/ carers to ensure that students with a disability in schools across the diocese are supported to engage purposefully in learning.