I began my teaching career as a Primary School teacher but quickly became involved in special needs education to advocate for children with learning disabilities in order to access more of the curriculum. From the onset I took a keen interest in developing Education Adjustment Plans and leading teachers in processes to make modifications to their programs to meet the needs of students with intellectual impairments.
10 years ago I came to Henbury Special School as a teacher and quickly established a classroom routine, meeting outcomes to facilitate independent living skills. In particular, I have taken an interest in frontier augmentation techniques including introducing eye gaze technology to the NT.
To know WHY you do what you do is the key to remaining motivated and having an impact beyond the norm. I was very lucky early on to understand this, which keeps me pushing forward each day to develop new ways of meeting outcomes for students with disabilities.
I am now in a leadership role and realize that leadership is primarily about change and having the courage to push through and implement that change which directly benefits children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
Paul works as a Senior Teacher – Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting in Darwin, NT
Henbury School is a purpose built Special School for students with disabilities in both the Middle Years and Senior Years of schooling.
Classrooms are complex, dynamic in nature and multi-level according to how students access the curriculum. Henbury’s Motto is ‘Preparing for Future Lifestyles’ and this overarching dedication guides each student’s annual Education Adjustment Plan or Transition Plan.
As well as its main campus the school also has students learning in outreach classrooms which are based at Casuarina Senior College, Darwin High School, Sanderson Middle School, Dripstone Middle School and Nightcliff Middle School.
Henbury School also strongly supports student learning via valuable community partnerships with the school house, the Op Shop, The Patch and a number of business enterprises and leisure venues around Darwin.