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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 694 ..

Students at risk

(Question No 383)

Mr Pratt: Asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 19 February 2003:

In relation to programs existing within schools targeting children at risk, specifically:

(1) What program/s are currently implemented in schools;

(2) What is the structure of the program/s implemented in schools;

(3) What are the department's guidelines governing decisions of separation of children at risk;

(4) What teacher support programs are in place for schools, particularly those which are identified as having a high percentage of children at risk.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) & (2) ACT government schools are responsible for implementing programs and strategies to address the needs of students in their community who are at risk of not achieving satisfactory outcomes from education and training. The Student Support Action Plan 2002-2004 provides the framework for schools to develop these programs. In addition to the Action Plan, a paper titled The Inclusivity Challenge Within Reach of Us All, has been issued to promote discussion on how each school can provide quality educational outcomes for all students.

The Student Support Action Plan has three major goals:

supporting and caring for students

providing relevant and challenging learning

engaging with parents, carers and the community in education

Within these goals there are clear actions to be undertaken by schools and central office to achieve specific outcomes. All schools are developing strategies to:

manage and assist students whose behaviour places them and others at risk

modify school practices and structures to support flexible learning

ensure literacy and numeracy skill development is core business for all learning areas at all stages of schooling.

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