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Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

The importance of an individual education plan

An IEP is important because it:

  • helps you develop a learning program for individual students
  • tracks a student’s progress against short-term SMART (specific, measurable, agreed, relevant, timely) goals to support achievement of long-term goals
  • shares information between the school, students, the student’s family and other support professionals, for example, a Koorie Engagement Support Officer, social worker or speech pathologist
  • helps you identify resources the student may need to achieve their goals. For example, visual supports for classroom schedules and activities or audiobooks
  • promotes student confidence and engagement
  • ensures you meet your legal obligations and accountabilities for students with disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Guidance chapter on The importance of an individual education plan

Reviewed 18 August 2022

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