Learning - Curriculum

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all young Australians should be taught, regardless of where they live in Australia or their background.

The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005) require education and training service providers to support the rights of students with disability to access the curriculum on the same basis as students without a disability. Students with disability are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from age equivalent Australian Curriculum content on the same basis as students without disability. The acknowledgement that the needs and interests of students will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests. The three-dimensional design of the Australian Curriculum, comprising learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, provides teachers with flexibility to cater for the diverse needs of students across Australia and personalise learning.

In years 8, 9 and 10 students follow the Australian Curriculum with relevant learning in each of the curriculum areas aligned to their NEP (Negotiated Education Plan) goals.


Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES)   

Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) is a curriculum assessment and reporting tool that:

  • allows teachers to assess students’ with disabilities readiness to learn.
  • generates reports that help to plan for personalised learning.
  • provides guidance material and strategies to help teach students based on their individual learning needs, with links to the appropriate curriculum level and resources.
  • tracks student progress and achievements.


South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

Students have the opportunity to complete their Modified SACE at Adelaide East Education Centre. Students are offered a Modified SACE curriculum structure that best meets their learning needs and the requirements of the SACE Board of SA. The Modified SACE Curriculum enables students with a range of physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities to demonstrate their learning in a range of subjects.

Requirements of SACE

There are two stages of the SACE:

  • Stage 1, which usually begins in Year 10 with the Personal Learning Plan, and continues through Year 11.
  • Stage 2, which is usually undertaken in Year 12.

Each subject or course that is successfully completed earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE.  To qualify for the SACE students must: complete a minimum of 200 credits which are gained over 3-4 years.

All students at Adelaide East Education Centre access a SACE curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and personally challenging.  

Please note that Adelaide East Education Centre provides a Modified SACE program. This does NOT attract an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) and cannot be used to enter University.