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South Pacific Educational Courses Ltd Carolyn Baines (Director) Curriculum Development &  Quality Assurance Manager

SPEC programmes provide an exciting alternative ‘Personalised Learning’ pathway ensuring every student has

relevant and meaningful learning opportunities. The programmes support inclusion principles, and have 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 2017

“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.

Important Links

SPEC TRAINING DAY - Monday 19th February 2018  

The day provides schools with all the background knowledge and content of three different programmes,

leading to certificates with a focus on developing the General Capabilities for students who require an

an adapted curriculum and additional support to achieve success.



SPEC has launched a new Reading Scheme, written and designed for students who have not learned

to read through the usual conventional methods.  The resources are suitable for any age group and indeed would

be suitable for an adult non -reader too.  The scheme provides a structured approach to word learning, sentence

building and comprehension exercises that are all relevant to the story line of the reading books.  There is a

workbook for each of the reading books.

The reading books themselves have a sequential story line leaving a ‘cliff hanger’ on the last page of each book.

This motivates the reader to learn more words and read the next book to find out what happens next.

The first set of six reading books covers 100 words which are learned mainly through picture clues, with 90 of

the most commonly used words having a picture association.

The ‘starter’ packs include one reading book, one set of A5 discussion cards, and two sets of words and two

sets of pictures, enabling a whole variety of games to be played to ensure the words are learned thoroughly

before the student receives the reading book itself.

When student receive their first reading book, they will have success as the reading book only contains the first

set of 20 sight words they have learned.  The illustrations are paramount to enhance the story line and provide

discussion points as student and teachers/parents share the reading book together.

Click on each book cover to see the exciting story line and sample the illustrations.

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