Primary and Secondary


We want all students to make progress and learn at Burwood East Special Developmental School. We place equal emphasis on providing programs and learning to develop academics, communication skills, personal and social skills and independence. Teaching and learning activities account for student interests and strengths. Students' self-esteem and dignity are strongly advocated through input into their own learning and opportunities in leadership. The school follows the Victorian Curriculum.

Students have Individual Learning Plans which outline short and longer-term goals. This plan is collaboratively written by the teacher, parents and other specialist staff at the beginning of each year. The ILP is a working document designed to ensure accountability, record progress and to guide the setting of new achievable goals for every student during their education at BESDS. Parents and carers are encouraged to discuss their child's progress with staff at termly Student Support Group meetings.

Teachers engage in collaborative planning to devise learning activities and assessment tasks that allow them to form judgments about student achievement, progression and to inform the next steps in learning.