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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2738..


(2) The Government will wait for the outcome of the Legislative Assembly inquiry into the health of school-aged children before proceeding further. Outcomes from this inquiry will have clear implications for any future school programs. The ACT Department of Education and Community Services is contributing to a submission to the inquiry being prepared by the ACT Department of Health and Community Care.

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Education-boys

(Question No 211)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 June 2002:

In relation to a tender advertisement from July 2001 for a consultant to produce a research report on Improving Educational Outcomes For Boys and a subsequent report that was expected to be completed in December of last year:

(1) Has the report been completed and if not, why not.

(2) If completed, has the Minister received the report.

(3) If the Minister has received the report will he make the findings public.

(4) What does the Government plan to do with the report and its findings.

Mr Corbell: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1&2) ADJ. Martin Research Pty Ltd was the successful tenderer for the Department of Education and Community Services' consultancy project: Improving the Educational Outcomes of Boys in the ACT. The terms of reference for this project are:

to research the current practices and issues in the area of the education of boys;

to provide an analysis of what is currently happening in the ACT in regard to the education of boys;

to provide an analysis of ACT Government schools data relevant to the educational outcomes of boys education; and

to produce a report on strategies for ongoing improvement of education outcomes for boys with regard to levels of schooling, retention and ways to improve their engagement with learning, and literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Dr Martin was originally due to report at the end of 2001. The timeframe was extended to allow Dr Martin's research proposal to be implemented in full. He is using survey and ACT Assessment Program data to inform a qualitative process involving student interviews.

Dr Martin is now expected to report mid 2002. Total funding available for this project will not exceed $20,000.


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