Thuringowa SHS has been recognised as a leader in offering students inclusive, STEM and Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities. The school as won multiple awards for providing excellence in education.

The school has a featured article in the latest addition of Duo Magazine showcasing their practice.

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“For the past 5 years all students have learnt, socialised and participated in extra-curricular activities together.

The school embraces the strengths in its diversity, and proactively works to ensure a socially just education for all of its students.”

Inclusive education is a human right that has been clearly defined by the United Nations. It is a high-quality of education that values and celebrates student diversity, and actively works to eliminate barriers to ensure equitable access and participation for all. For students with disability in particular, this results in the application of quality differentiated teaching practice and the provision of reasonable adjustments to ensure that students are empowered to engage in the regular curriculum alongside their peers in general education classrooms.

Inclusive education delivers improved academic and social outcomes for students with disability whilst at school, and also results in more opportunities and long-term benefits post school. Those who have accessed an inclusive education are more likely to engage in further study, be employed, and live independently. This has positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and also on the economy.

Inclusive education builds the capability of teachers to effectively deliver curriculum through high-impact pedagogical practices. This high standard of teaching and learning not only ensures success for students with disability, but also results in benefits for their peers. Students without disability attain similar or higher academic results, develop less prejudicial views, and develop social competencies that are supportive of human difference.

Thuringowa SHS is proud to deliver a model of inclusive education that acknowledges and aligns with the United Nations definition. For the past 5 years all students have learnt, socialised and participated in extra-curricular activities together. The school utilises co-teaching (two teachers appointed to one class), teacher aides, assistive technology, improved physical facilities and multidisciplinary collaboration to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes. The academic achievement of students with disability has increased significantly. Many students have received academic awards that are commensurate with their peers. Students are well represented in sporting teams, in theatre productions, and in enrichment programs like iSTEM. Students participate in work experience, school-based traineeships, and continue on to gainful employment and further study at TAFE and university.

The school embraces the strengths in its diversity, and proactively works to ensure a socially just education for all of its students.

Thuringowa SHS’s commitment to inclusive education sees it featured on the Queensland Department of Education website as an example of best practice. It attracts visitors from other schools across the state and nationally who come to learn and inform their own practices. This year the school was awarded the Regional Showcase Award for excellence in Inclusive Education.