SPEC programmes provide an exciting alternative pathway ensuring students have success. The programmes support inclusion for all, with a student centred relevant and meaningful learning pathway and a focus on the development of General Capabilities.
“Personal and social capability assists students to become successful learners, helping to improve their academic
learning and enhancing their motivation to reach their full potential. Personal and social capabilities support
students in becoming creative and confident individuals with ‘a sense of self worth, self awareness and personal
Identity , that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well being”.
(MCEETYA) The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians.
Barwon Valley - SPEC School of Excellence 2016
“SPEC is a central part of every student’s learning program and is considered a vital link to learning goals and future
pathways.” The school is committed to continuing to deliver the SPEC curriculum as it enables a smooth transition
through the senior years of schooling into post school options.
Our Senior Learning Community purpose statement is to provide students with a relevant secondary school
education so that they transition into adult life with skills required to be active members of their community.
We use the SPEC Headway course to support the achievement of student’s individual learning goals.
Barwon Valley have been at the forefront of Australian education in implementing the SPEC courses which are well
positioned with the National Curriculum and the development of the General Capabilities.
Marnebek School pilot the Spek Reading Scheme
The Spek reading programme has been written by Colin Harris, a former principal with a passion for reading. The reading programme targets older students who have ‘failed’ to learn to read.
Marnebek school have reported on the success of several students in a short period of time, not only starting to
learn words and use them in their reading and writing, but the enthusiasm and motivation they are observing in the
students, who will actively now choose to read.
The school intends to extend the reading programme as they can see the benefits and successful outcomes.