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Student Support Services

Student Services Team

The Brisbane School of Distance
Education (BSDE) values every student’s enrolment. Our vision is that every student has a smooth transition into our school, ongoing support and a 
dedicated team​ to ensure this happens.​​

Years Prep ​to 10  

Teachers at BSDE provide learning opportunities to a variety of students with specific learning and medical needs. There are also Special Education Programs (SEP) that are operational within the Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary sub schools.
At BSDE, teachers deliver programs for students with disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Vision Impairment, Physical Impairment and Hearing Impairment) and students identified with learning disabilities and difficulties. Student learning programs may be supported or individualised. 
In a supported program students access the Australian Curriculum at their same age with additional supports. Students undertaking an individualised program may experience any of the following based on their current level: a reduced number of subjects; an alternate curriculum at a different age level; a highly personalised curriculum.

Years 11 and 12 

All students by the end of Year 10 will have a Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan), which is a plan that helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. A number of pathways are presented during the process and students can either study towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or the Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA). BSDE has a team of QCIA teachers who deliver individualised learning opportunities for students. The QCIA adds to the suite of certificates that the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) issue, and ensures that the educational achievement of all students can be recognised.  A student is eligible to receive the QCIA if the student meets a number of requirements – one requirement is having significant impairment/s or difficulties in learning. 
If you have any queries regarding access to these services please contact the Head of Special Education Services. 

Year Level Coordinators 

Year Level Coordinators (YLCs) will -
  • provide an extra point of contact for parents/students for non-curriculum issues other than the connections teacher, 
  • facilitate a non-curriculum program to support the Health and Well-being of students, and 
  • liaise with teachers, HoDs, parents/home tutors regarding welfare issues

Guidance Officers 

There are three Guidance Officers at BSDE who provide guidance and counselling services to students and families: 
  • a developmental Guidance Officer for Prep to Year 6,
  • a secondary Guidance Officer for Years 7 to 9, and
  • a Secondary/Careers Guidance Officer for Years 10 to 12.
Appointments to see a Guidance Officer ​can be made by direct contact with the relevant Guidance Officer or through BSDE reception.

Youth Support Coordinators

BSDE youth support coordinators are available to students and families requiring temporary support.  As part of the BSDE welfare group they work toward re-engaging students with their education and provide information regarding external services as required.

Connections Teachers

BSDE Connections program is based on:
  • School Connectedness - that students feel that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals and that they have a sense of belonging.
  • Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. (Rita Pierson)
BSDE teachers will endeavour to be in contact with each student outside of scheduled lessons.  The mode of contact may vary depending on each individual student/teacher.

Enrichment activities 

A range of additional services are provided within sub schools to enhance learning. These include activities such as mini-schools, camps, enrichment days, excursions, sports days, swim schools, home visits and home tutor training. It is important to register for events. A medical details form must also be completed for each activity the student attends. 
Visit the Events Calendar for more information about school events

School Sport 

BSDE is affiliated with Education Queensland’s Primary and Secondary School Sport. Therefore students who are enrolled at BSDE are eligible to enter school competitions and school trials in their home district organised by Education Queensland Schools and Regional Sports Officers. Visit Queensland School Sports​ for a list of available sports
Eligible students must be at least ten years old to enter Primary School trials. Interested students or parents must in the first instance, contact one of the Health and Physical Education teachers at BSDE. They will provide information on the nomination process. Parents should not attempt to nominate students for events through local schools unless they are enrolled with that school.


Vaccines are funded for adolescents under the National Immunisation Program Schedule Please see the Youth health nurse pages.
Note: BSDE does not  participate in the Year 8 and 10 School Immunisation.