CQ team to in­spect UK schools

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

FIVE tal­ented Cen­tral Queens­land ed­u­ca­tors have sur­vived a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process to jet off to the United King­dom in the name of in­clu­sion.

Led by Ro­tary Club of Rock­hamp­ton mem­ber and Frenchville State School prin­ci­pal Leisa Neaton, the team has started its jour­ney to Liver­pool and Wales to ex­plore sup­port for stu­dents with a dis­abil­ity on the other side of the world.

The Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Team, which left on Satur­day, in­cludes Parkhurst State School prin­ci­pal Lyle Walker, phys­io­ther­a­pist Delia We­ston, deputy of in­clu­sion at Glad­stone State High School Shel­ley Slade, and head of cur­ricu­lum at Al­len­stown State School Karin Tanzer.

One in five Aus­tralians has a dis­abil­ity and 77% of all stu­dents with a dis­abil­ity in Queens­land at­tend a state school.

On the back of the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­leas­ing its Dis­abil­ity Re­view Re­sponse Plan ear­lier this year, the team said the trip co­in­cided with an ideal time to con­trast the dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

The team was look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence which will have it visit ed­u­ca­tional set­tings in Ro­tary District 1180 in the UK in­clud­ing special schools, sen­sory schools, univer­si­ties that pre­pare teach­ers for in­struct­ing stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties, early in­ter­ven­tion cen­tres, and pri­mary and se­condary schools.

All five ed­u­ca­tors will blog their ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time to share with their sup­port­ers back home and will re­turn to share their ex­pe­ri­ences in var­i­ous fo­rums.

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IN­CLU­SIVE: Leisa Neaton will lead a team of tal­ented ed­u­ca­tors to the UK.

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