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Student Tegan
Year 9
School Secondary

In 2008 Tegan made the transition to her local co‑educational high school. All areas of Tegan’s academic work are made more challenging by a considerable level of dyspraxia, which affects her speech, motor planning, and cognition.

Tegan has a personal laptop with the assistive writing program Word Q, which has an aural spelling component and helps her to write with increasing independence. The school receives ongoing and reviewable resourcing schemes (ORRS) funding to provide a specialist teacher, and teacher aide support for numeracy and literacy only. A meeting was held near the start of the year to explain to those teaching Tegan how best to create an inclusive learning environment for her. Flexibility, adaptability, and good communication among the special education needs co-ordinator (SENCO), subject teachers, Tegan, and Tegan’s family are seen as keys to her successful inclusion.