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Student Tom
Age 10
Year 5/6
School Primary

Tom enjoys numbers and the computer. Tom has autism and attends a small Catholic primary school in a rural town. He is in a class of 22 children. Tom would prefer to be on his own and is generally passive, with his face showing little animation when he is learning.

Charlie is another 10-year-old student in Tom’s classroom. The two of them work together sometimes, often for mathematics. The class teacher is trying to foster this friendship.

The school receives ongoing and reviewable resourcing schemes (ORRS) funding to support Tom’s learning. Tom has 0.1 FTE support from a specialist teacher and 27.66 hours of teacher aide support per week. He is non-verbal and communicates by using sounds, body language, and occasionally, with picture cards.