Education Support

The Education Support program at Ellenbrook Secondary College focuses on promoting independence and individual learning pathways for students with special education needs (SEN) and disability by using personal strengths to overcome challenges.

Students can learn in the Education Support program or participate in mainstream classes with support from Education Assistants, depending on their individual needs.


Learning occurs with an integrated ‘hands on’ approach, which means students are engaged in practical activities to promote the skills required to achieve personal independence and success beyond school.

Students are provided with a modified curriculum which reflects their individual needs. They are supported within both their Ed Support classes and within the College community by experienced Education Assistants, who seek to promote success.

Parental involvement is actively sought in assisting each student’s development and implementation of authentic and meaningful Individual Education Plans are tailored to each individual’s needs.

All SEN students are part of the College community and positive interactions are encouraged and supported through attendance at assemblies, end of term functions, reward excursions and events such as the College Ball and Graduation Night, alongside their mainstream peers.

Our specialised education support teachers work in partnership with the whole College staff to ensure a seamless flow for students, as they progress from Year 7 to the community beyond. This is achieved by identifying and delivering tailored programs and activities with a focus on personal and interpersonal skills.

Ed Support students are encouraged to experience industry pathway learning by developing work skills through their participation in Workplace Learning with weekly community placements. Preparation for the workplace suited to each individual is highly valued and students are provided with ongoing opportunities throughout the program.


Functional Literacy and Numeracy learning is undertaken within all Ed Support groups, led by our qualified specialist teachers.

Individualised goals are aligned with each child’s learning priorities, incorporating practical activities to promote the skills required to achieve independence and success beyond College. Students participate in ASDAN, Direct Instruction and Preliminary Courses approved by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).


The program aims at increasing student confidence when using public transport, practicing road safety skills, demonstrating protective behaviours and using and managing money competently. The Community Connection program includes:

  • Community Awareness
  • Road and Personal Safety
  • Travel Training
  • Community Access and Services


Health and well-being is integral for student learning. In addition to physical activity, students participate in activities to develop health approaches to maintain safe and productive lives. Topics include:

  • Protective Behaviours
  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Resilience
  • Social Interaction and Positive Relationships
  • Drug Education (Prescription and non-prescription)
  • Sex Education and Relationships

Health lessons are delivered in collaboration with mainstream staff, the College Nurse, Chaplain and when required, outside specialist and agencies.


For students to gain independence in managing their own lives the Ed Support program incorporates specific lessons for cooking and daily living skills including household chores, with a focus on occupational health/safety.

Also available are facilities such as kitchens, gardens, beds and laundry resources to promote skills used in everyday life.


Students who require additional support in literacy and numeracy are enrolled in Direct Instruction (DI) classes for Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and English.

The aim of the program is to fill gaps in learning and allow students acquisition of concepts at an individual pace. DI classes are organised in small groups to make sure students will achieve enough progress to move into mainstream classes. The content of the program is based on explicit teaching and mastery learning, allowing gradual and consistent progress and mastery of new skills.

For any further questions about our Education Support program, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9297 9700 for details.