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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 773 ..

(3) Are there any education programs that have been developed for high schools that could be provided in response to this question to show the work to date of the high school resources team;

(4) What are the main areas of assistance that the high school resources team has developed plans for.

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

Allocation of Funds

(1) No, the $500,000 allocated to the program has not been fully expended as the financial year is not yet over. The amount has been partially expended to date. Remaining funds will be spent on supporting a suite of significant school based change management programs. All funds will be expended within the financial year.

Team Members

(2) The members of the high school resources team are:

� a deputy principal who leads the team;

� three executive teachers.

Education Programs to Date

(3) The resources team is providing a teacher professional learning program in innovative curriculum and pedagogy for ACT Government high schools. Provision of these courses to teachers, will facilitate systemic changes in learning and teaching in high schools. During this financial year, over one hundred and fifty teachers will have participated in this training program.

All nineteen ACT public high schools are being supported by the resources team in the development and implementation of a year 9 exhibitions program for approximately 90% of our year 9 students.

Within the vocational learning component of the high school program a pilot Certificate 1 in Information Technology will be implemented in six ACT government high schools this year.

Main Areas of Assistance

(4) The main areas of assistance that the high school resources team is developing plans for are:

i. Organisational and Cultural Change

Supporting schools to build a capacity for continuous improvement through school based organisational and cultural change initiatives.

ii. Curriculum and Pedagogy

Assisting schools to develop and implement innovative curriculum and pedagogy that prepares students for lifelong learning.

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