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Schools-class sizes

(Question No 1632)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 30 June 2004:

(1) Further to Attachment A to the response to Question on notice No 1522 which indicated that there are around seven primary schools whose class average is still above 25 students, in how many A.C.T. government primary schools is the class average about 25 for (a) kindergarten, (b) Year 1, (c) Year 2 and (d) Year 3;

(2) Can the Minister list those schools who have a class average above 25 for (a) to (d) above.

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

(1) In 2004, the number of ACT government primary schools with a class average above 25 students for

a)

Kindergarten

1

b)

Year 1

0

c)

Year 2

1

d)

Year 3*

1

(2) The list of those schools with a class average over 25 is below.

Kindergarten

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Theodore Primary

Ngunnawal Primary

Ngunnawal Primary

  • Theodore - The principal reports that additional teaching and special teachers' aide (STA) resources are allocated to Kindergarten classes which exceed the class size limit. The school has met the community request to maintain straight kindergarten classes, rather than move children into a multi-age classroom.
  • Ngunnawal - The principal indicates that due to growth above expectations, all teaching spaces are fully utilised at Ngunnawal Primary School. The principal has introduced a number of innovative strategies to ensure that no class is above the class size limit in the key areas of literacy and numeracy. Among these strategies is the allocation of extra teachers to year 3 and 4 literacy and numeracy lessons. The principal also allocates 2 special teacher assistants to work with the year 2 and year 3 class teacher during the remainder of the day. This arrangement has been fully discussed with the Ngunnawal School Board and has received its endorsement.

* Year 3/4 composite classes have been excluded given the different funding arrangements for Year 4 students.

Academy of Sport

(Question No 1656)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:


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