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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 2496..

The following activities have been put in place for Term 1 and 2, 2012:

* Pace It Program (Year 9 - 10 students)

* Farm Skills and Farm Animal Program (Year 9 - 12 students)

* CHART Hairdressing Program (Year 9 - 12 students)

* Horticulture and Nursery Work Program (Year 9 - 12 students)

* Clubstart - Wait Skills and Bar Skills course (Year 10 - 12 students)

* Sam Cawthorn, Young Tasmanian of the Year in 2009 will present two motivational workshops for students of government and non-government schools who are disengaging from school. There will be 200 places available per workshop.

(4) The Alternative Programs Manager also works 0.4 FTE (14 hours and 42 minutes - 2 days per week) as a Moving Forwards Officer at an ACT public College.

(5) No specific work will be undertaken to expand alternative programs in ACT public schools until the current programs being implemented have been fully evaluated.

(6) This research was commissioned to provide empirical evidence about what practices of flexible/alternative learning options in the ACT are most effective in reengaging young people, and what policy focus is needed in relation to flexible learning options in order to achieve goals for disengaged youth as articulated in the ACT Youth Commitment.

a) The researchers have visited case study sites, including current alternative programs, analysed the public and non-government school surveys and are preparing their interim report. The interim report, together with preliminary findings will be presented to the ACT Youth Commitment Steering Group meeting in May.

b) The research is expected to be completed later this year.

c) On completion this research will be presented to the ACT Youth Commitment Steering Group which has representation from a number of stakeholder groups. The research will then be available publicly.

Schools—health education programs (Question No 2139)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 21 March 2012:

(1) What health education programs are currently being used in ACT public schools.

(2) Are any of these health education programs designed for specific target groups, such as children and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

(3) Which of these programs are run in conjunction with Federal health promotion and education initiatives.

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