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Student With Additional Needs (SWAN) team


Nundah State School strives for the provision of equitable educational opportunities to ensure that all students have access to, participate in and gain positive learning outcomes from schooling. The SWAN team plays a vital role in achieving this goal.

The SWAN team has the responsibility of coordinating the specialist intervention and services within the school in order to maximize the effectiveness of the school’s response in better meeting the individual needs of students, including those: 

  • who are gifted/talented 

  • who are learning the English language 

  • who require behaviour support  

  • with learning difficulties/disabilities 

  • diagnosed with low incidence disabilities (hearing impairment, speech language impairment, intellectual disability,  autistic spectrum disorder). 

  • with school attendance challenges

The SWAN team comprises the Principal, the Deputy principal, the Guidance Officer (GO), the SWAN Intensive teachers, English as an Additional Language Teacher (EAL/D), Chaplain and as appropriate Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVT) and External agency personnel. 

Student With Additional Needs (SWAN) referral process  


Nundah teachers are dedicated to monitoring the progress and development of students. When teachers have concerns regarding a student's development they observe, collate work samples and complete various assessments. These help build a picture around the areas of concern they have for the student. Additionally, they may contact parents to discuss their concerns and gain further information. 

From all of this information, teachers will then be able to draw from their repertoire of teaching strategies to scaffold learning for students, manage behaviour and support social and emotional development. If students don't respond to these strategies, teachers will want to investigate further. After consulting parents again, teachers fill in a two-page referral (four questions) outlining their concerns and submit this with their observations, work samples, assessments to the SWAN team. 

At times, parents initiate the referral process by sharing concerns or information with the class teacher.

The SWAN team assesses each case individually, identifying appropriate actions such as - to determine further assessments necessary, support that needs to be provided, advise the teacher of additional strategies to try and suggest possible outside agency involvement to parents.

The classroom teacher or the SWAN team member will communicate these actions to parents. Any documentation is placed in the individual student portfolios so future class teachers have information to make a difference for your child. 


  • Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVT)

    In the effort to best meet the individual needs of students, district office provides all schools in the district the chance to request the assistance of advisory visiting teachers.

  • Behaviour support

    Nundah State School is committed to provisions that ensure all students have a right to and receive a quality education.

  • Chaplaincy

    Chaplaincy services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities.

  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)

    At Nundah State School we have a very welcoming teacher and special classroom for our EAL/D students where they come for intensive English language learning support, using teacher expertise and available ICT digital tools.

  • Gifted

    Nundah State School considers the needs of gifted and talented students through our Students With Additional Needs (SWAN) referral processes.

  • Guidance Officer

    Guidance Officer (GO): an integral member of the SWAN team.

  • Speech Language Pathologist

    Speech Language Pathologist (SLP): adding vital diagnostic information to meet student’s needs:

  • SWAN Intensive Teachers

    SWAN Intensive Teachers are assigned to specific year levels to support teachers to meet the needs and improve the achievement of students.