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