Peter Gurrier-Jones

The Hills School, NSW

Teaching Fellow

Peter Gurrier-Jones has led the development of many innovative programs and practices in his school for special needs students. The ‘Communication Passport’ is one such innovation he has developed with his staff, which is making a real and measurable difference to students’ learning success.

Using a seven-colour key and framework, the Passport gives teachers, families and students a clear picture of individual student’s skills and abilities and shows their progress measured against curriculum requirements.

Peter has been Principal for five years at The Hills School in Sydney, which caters for 113 students with developmental disabilities and complex learning needs from Kindergarten to Year 12. Four in five students cannot express themselves verbally but all “have incredible and unique abilities to contribute to their community,” he believes.