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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3036 ..

Initiatives arising from it include work towards the government’s early childhood strategy, which will emphasise helping each child gain a strong start through quality and accessible early childhood education. The government will also look at key statutory frameworks such as the Education Act 2004 and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010 to make sure that they are harmonious with the strategic direction that the government is laying out.

The ACT Teacher Quality Institute has been a national leader in supporting an expert teaching profession. The government will take the TQI’s role in sharing excellent practice and contemporary research evidence even further by exploring the creation of an ACT teaching evidence clearing house.

Consistent with the government’s existing investment in technology in education, the government will implement digital tools and platforms for a range of purposes such as monitoring and evaluating student progress and enabling personalised learning led by a student in partnership with their teachers and parents. The government is also intent on making sure that the strategy has an impact, so it will develop and implement an accountability framework that robustly measures the results of this strategy.

The future of education takes the work already happening as a strong base and looks to the next 10 years at some of the big things that are possible. Initiatives arising from the strategy will be laid out in an implementation plan for the ACT education system as a whole. Over the coming months the government will work with the Catholic and independent school sectors, key government agencies and community organisations on how the strategy will be adopted across school contexts.

How the ACT education system works with the foundations also matters. So, as the strategy is implemented, work will be guided by equity—that is, student achievement that sets aside economic, social and cultural barriers; student agency, which allows students to make decisions about their learning and how their learning environments operate; access, so that supports for learning and wellbeing are available and provided to all students; and inclusion, where diversity is embraced, all students are accommodated and a universal sense of belonging fostered.

Importantly, the future of education strategy is not a static or comprehensive list of disjointed actions. It is a road map for continued focus and investment from a government committed to the very best future for the ACT’s children and young people.

Madam Speaker, I present the following papers:

Future of education—A ten year education strategy—Ministerial statement, 16 August 2018.

The Future of Education—An ACT education strategy for the next ten years.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

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