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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . .

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collocating services. By better meeting the individual needs of students, our teachers will be freed up to focus on their core role—facilitating learning.

Teachers are experts in their profession. The community needs to trust their expertise, and I am committed to making sure our government invests in the profession to build them up. So I expect the strategy will include efforts to better equip aspiring and new teachers; provide lots of opportunities for teachers to grow through, for example, action research; and make sure that every teacher has access to instructional leadership through good practice mentoring and coaching.

Integrated into every element is a need to get our administrative systems focused on equity and quality. The strategy will cast a future where ACT schools can recognise endeavour, celebrate diversity, praise achievement and reward excellence.

As you can hear from my statement today, it is really important to me that I hear and act on what the community has to say about education in the ACT. This continues to be my priority. However, I also know that educational research shows that our reforms will fail if our focus is on the wrong things.

The government has been working hard to ensure that our conversation and research align. Contemporary research shows that the way to make a difference in education is to be focused on people—that is, our workforce systems and how we organise and support teachers and schools—and on the lived experiences of the young people in our early childhood settings and schools.

The government will continue to work with the community and consider the research so that the future of education strategy is rigorous but also sensitive to our community. I want to conclude by returning to the most fundamental basis of a good educational system. One of our contributing parents nicely sums it up: "All over the world a good education appears to decrease poverty. Education not only provides a springboard of opportunity but promotes dignity, health and freedom."

I present the following paper:

Future of education—Ministerial statement, 20 February 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Moss review implementation

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.33): I am pleased to have the opportunity to share with the Assembly and community the significant change that has occurred over the


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