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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2218..


(2) If so, (a) what are these guidelines, (b) how often are these guidelines reviewed and (c) who reviews these guidelines;

(3) If not, why are there no guidelines in place;

(4) Is there a complaints mechanism in place for parents to express their concerns to the teacher, school or Department on reading materials for English students in high schools;

(5) If so, what is the complaints mechanism; if not, why is there no complaints mechanism in place.

(6) How many complaints have been received on reading materials for English students in high schools since January 2003 to date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) There are system guidelines in place for ACT teachers when they issue reading materials for English students in high school.

(2) (a) At the system level, the guidelines for the selection of reading materials are embodied in the English curriculum framework, available on the department's website. Curriculum decisions are made at the school level, based on these guidelines, with school boards approving courses of study and the resources to support them.

(b) and (c) The English curriculum framework will be reviewed as part of the department's curriculum renewal project.

(3) The guidelines are in place.

(4) There is a complaints mechanism in place for parents to express their concerns to the teacher, school or Department on reading materials for English students in high schools.

(5) The department's complaints resolution policy is outlined in a brochure, ACT Department of Education, Youth and Family Services, A Guide to Complaints Resolution Policy and Procedures, available in schools, from the department and on the department's website.

(6) Since January 2003 there has been only one complaint received by the department on reading materials for English students in high schools.

Drugs-Ritalin sales

(Question No 1433)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 31 March 2004:

(1) Have there been any reports of students in the ACT selling Ritalin tablets to other students as discovered in NSW;

(2) What are the consequences for any student found partaking in the sale of drugs at school;


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