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Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee


MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (10.54): I move:

That this Assembly refers the needs of ACT students with a disability to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs for inquiry and report to the Assembly by 10 December 2009, under the following terms of reference:

the Committee will review the existing educational services for students with a disability and propose recommendations, with particular reference to:

(1) community and parental experiences, satisfaction and attitudes;

(2) the Student Centred Appraisal of Need (SCAN) process and the model of allocation of resources to support students with a disability;

(3) provision of therapy services to support educational needs of students;

(4) post-school options, transitions and later year pathways for students with a disability;

(5) future special education provision for students with a disability, with a focus on:

(a) geographic and demographic needs; and

(b) the range of educational settings; and

(6) the findings of the Special Education Review, currently being conducted by Dr Shaddock and his review team into leading international and Australian practice in curriculum and pedagogy for students with disabilities.

In the spirit of moving on items in the parliamentary agreement between Labor and the Greens it is my pleasure to move this motion that the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs conduct an inquiry into the educational services provision for students with a disability. As members can see from the proposed terms of reference for the inquiry, the outcome will include a review of existing services. It will also make recommendations about factors influencing the provision of special education in the ACT. Community and parent satisfaction, therapy services, post-school options, special education settings and the findings of the government’s current review into special education will all be examined. Madam Deputy Speaker, the government looks forward to the inquiry. I particularly look forward to providing the government’s submission and presenting to the committee the quality programs and initiatives that we are currently undertaking in schools for our students with a disability.

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