Merriwa Education Support Centre (6092)

School Overview

Merriwa Education Support Centre caters for primary aged children with an intellectual and/or physical disability. Located on the grounds of Merriwa Primary School, we work together to develop a culture of promoting the highest ideals of learning and social interaction in an inclusive setting. We are a warm, friendly, welcoming school where manners, behaviour and personal effort are regarded as important, and the needs of the individual child are placed at the centre of every decision.

We provide highly individualised programs for students with identified disabilities. These programs are prepared by highly experienced specialist teachers following consultation with parents, psychologist, speech, physiological and occupational therapists.

With our experienced specialist teachers and education assistants, the level of support is high and ensures the best outcomes for all students. Classes are typically small with student numbers limited to eight students wherever possible. Students are taught using highly structured programs based on the principles of T.E.A.C.C.H, Applied Behaviour Analysis and Direct Instruction. Visual and communication supports are used to encourage independence and to reduce anxious behaviours. The high staff to student ratio allows for a mix of one on one instruction, independent work, small group and whole class instruction.

Learning resources include technology to enable students to access curriculum relevant to their needs. Interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads and assistive communication devices are used in everyday learning tasks. The creation of a sensory and therapy room and outdoor sensory areas has enhanced our centre's facilities and programs. Also available is a functional kitchen, laundry equipment and life skills room which support the delivery of purposeful learning programs. Students are also given the opportunity to integrate with their peers in the primary school.

Located off Marmion Avenue the campus has a modern, attractive and inclusive design with the classrooms fitted with appropriate resources to accommodate student requirements.

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