Sir Eric Woodward School

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Distance education support unit

The Distance Education Support Unit (DESU) is a unique state-wide service catering for students with a moderate or severe intellectual disability and other complex needs from Pre-school to Year 12.

Students enrolled in SEWS DESU are not able to access an appropriate local school for a variety of reasons. This may include; remote geographic location, medical complexities and other additional learning and support needs. SEWS DESU is a part of the NSW Department of Education Rural and Remote Education Network. DESU provides innovative and flexible personalised programs for our students. These are negotiated with parents and, where possible, students. Programs are based on ability level and needs, providing the greatest opportunity for success.

Teachers at the DESU bring special education training and wide-ranging experience, along with shared expertise to the teaching of their students. They work as part of a dynamic team with students, parents, tutors and government and community agencies to address personalised learning needs. Preparing all of our students for the future is a key focus at the DESU. Transition planning enables students to move from school to their next environment.

We have an excellent range of resources and technologies available to support optimum learning maximising student potential. With support from the DESU, students can achieve a Higher School Certificate Life Skills, apply for TAFE delivered Vocational Education and Training courses, participate in work experience and access post-school programs where available.