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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 13 Hansard (31 October) . . Page.. 4085..


Mr Rattenbury's amendments to Mr Hanson's proposed amendment agreed to.

Mr Hanson's amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Executive members' business—precedence

Ordered that executive members' business be called on.

Education—students with learning difficulties

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of ACT schools having a best practice response to the management of children with learning difficulties;

(b) that the ACT Government and the Education and Training Directorate established a taskforce in 2012 to "consider how to improve assessment and support for children and young people in ACT public schools with learning difficulties";

(c) that the Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties submitted their final report to the ACT Government in June 2013;

(d) that the Taskforce identifies 14 strategies under three key recommendations focussed around:

(i) A Consistent Systemic Approach;

(ii) Building Staff Capacity; and

(iii) Building Partnerships with Families;

(e) that on 16 August 2013, the Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch MLA, announced that the ACT Government agreed to all the recommendations and strategies;

(f) that the ACT's Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2009—2013 is due for review this year; and

(g) that the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood is undertaking further consideration of issues relating to students with a disability;

(2) thanks members of the Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties for their time and effort working on the report;


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