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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1678..


(2) The key findings provided in the reports can be accessed online at:

(a) Summary and Analysis of High Schools for the New Millennium Project:

http://www.decs.act.gov.au/publicat/pdf/HSdevProgFinLReprt.pdf

(b) Improving the Educational Outcomes of Boys:

http://www.decs.act.gov.au/publicat/pdf/Ed_Outcomes_Boys.pdf

(3) Other work undertaken by the current Government regarding boys' education includes:

Dr Martin presented the findings of his report to principals and office based staff in March 2003. Following this, additional copies of the report were distributed to schools. The report is available from the department website along with links to other Australian government research reports on improving the educational outcomes of boys.

A professional development seminar was conducted on Friday 14 March 2003 on Addressing The Needs of Boys And Girls In Schools by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Dr Wayne Martino that also utilised the findings from the ACT research.

Measures implemented to improve boys' education by the department and schools include:

Findings from Dr Martin's research have been incorporated into additional professional development for teachers by the department and schools. This includes:

In 2002 Canberra High School developed a book of teacher resources titled, Boys Opportunities Yielding Success (B.O.Y.S.);

In June 2003 Dr Martin addressed staff from the Hawker schools cluster (Hawker College, Belconnen HS, Weetangera PS, Aranda PS and Hawker PS) on the topic How to Motivate Boys;

In June 2003 separate workshops for staff and parents/carers on Educating Boys were held at Village Creek PS;

In July 2003 Canberra College held a workshop for staff on Boy Friendly Classrooms;

In January 2004 the Melba schools cluster (Melba HS, Evatt PS, Miles Franklin PS, Flynn PS, Mt Rogers PS, Charnwood PS and Fraser PS) held a professional learning seminar for all staff on boys' education, with Dr Martin as keynote speaker;

The professional learning strategy currently being implemented for ACT Government high schools (2004-05) as part of the High School Development Program is addressing the areas cited by Dr Martin as requiring strategic intervention in classrooms.

In addition, the findings of the Dr Martin report have contributed to:


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