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Students with additional needs

The McDowall State School strives for the provision of equitable educational opportunities to ensure that all students have access to, participate in and gain positive learning outcomes from schooling. Such opportunities, which form the foundation of a quality lifestyle, can be achieved through the use of inclusive curriculum practices. The McDowall State School includes and values students through the provision of, and access to, a range of flexible curriculum options that promote enhanced educational learning outcomes.

At McDowall State School, there is a school-wide focus on promoting a culture of personal best whereby all students are encouraged to be resilient and improve on previous personal achievement.

This is exemplified within our three school rules:

  1. Respect for yourself (Being the best that one can be).
  2. Respect for others (We live, work and play in a social context).
  3. Take responsibility for your own actions (We are accountable for our decisions).


Staff scaffold the learning experiences of special needs students by providing programmes, strategies, personnel and resources (as appropriate) to support them in their achievements.