Inclusive Education Unit

What is Inclusive Education?

The Poplars is the Inclusive Education Section of the College.  It provides for students with more significant needs, requiring a more modified program. Inclusive Education is designed for students diagnosed with a disability, learning difficulty or high intellectual potential.

The Inclusive Education Program recognises the worth and uniqueness of each student.  Emphasis is placed upon planning and implementing programs based on individual need.

Students with particular learning requirements have supportive assistance provided by the teachers who modify content and expectations. Students who are diagnosed with a disability also receive support provided by Inclusive Education Staff. This supportive assistance is allocated according to disability and need. The assistance can be in a number of forms including:

  • Being part of the Poplars.
  • Working with Education Support Officers on programs offered by the school.
  • In class support from an ESO.
  • Testing and observation by Inclusive Education Staff

A range of programs are run, depending on the need within the school at any given time.

The Inclusive Education Department is also supported by the wider community through:

  • Community Health – Speech and OT Departments
  • Autism SA
  • Down Syndrome Society
  • South Australian School for Vision Impaired
  • CEO support – Disability Consultant and Behaviour Education Consultant
  • Private practitioners provided by the families through their NDIS package

The Poplars

The aim for all students that attend Tenison Woods College is to attend mainstream class; for some this is achieved quickly and for others this does not happen so quickly. Some students remain part of The Poplars for all of their lessons but this is rare and is only for students requiring all daily living skills.  Within The Poplars there are three classes catering for between thirty and forty students.

Students in The Poplars have diagnosed disability generally Intellectual Disability and Autism and are unable to cope in the mainstream setting. Each student has Individual Education Plans which are planned by their teacher in consultation with families. The special education staff meet regularly with families to ensure that the expectations and needs of all involved are being met.

As part of the Inclusive Education Team we have three teachers and numerous support workers. The Poplars is managed by Alex Window and Natasha Davis.

Students in The Poplars educational curricula include the basics of reading, writing and maths. It also includes a range of other subjects including cooking, shopping, bowling, woodwork, gardening, dancing and swimming.

Take a tour of a Poplars classroom.