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developed through formal qualification and/or experience. ACT public school teachers are not required to have additional post graduate qualifications, such as in librarianship or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), although a number of teachers in fact do.

As required by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers every ACT public school teacher accepts the responsibility of meeting the educational needs of every student through designing and implementing teaching strategies responsive to learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

2. There are no shortages - all 2015 language positions in schools are staffed. There are five classroom teacher language focus positions for 2016 (three in the primary sector and two in the secondary sector) currently under selection.

3. Please see answer to Question 2 above.

4. No, 2015 language positions in all schools are staffed.

5. A subject may be discontinued from a school’s offering but this would be based on a review of the overall core and elective structure including analysing subject choices by students, aligning to the Australian Curriculum and taking into account community commentary. If appropriate, schools make arrangements to “teach out” subjects thus ensuring that students who commence a sequence of units are able to complete their study.

6. There are no shortages in staff. The Education and Training Directorate is currently targeting recruitment in specific languages, design technology, computer science, learning support (example: autism education) and early childhood to ensure ongoing curriculum offering and delivery.

7. Regular interaction with principals about their staffing needs into the future and reflective of targets in their strategic and annual operating plans, informs Directorate discussions with universities and underpins decisions about alternative pathways example: Teach for Australia program or visa sponsorship. Under school based management practices, ACT public school principals, in consultation with their boards, determine the curriculum and staffing for their learning communities that best meets student needs.

(Question No 573)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 November 2015:

(1) How many school psychologists are currently employed in ACT public schools in the 2015-2016 financial year as School Psychologist (a) 1.1, (b) 1.2, (c) 1.3, (d) 2.1, (e) 2.2, (f) 2.3, (g) 2.4, (h) 3.1 and (i) 3.3.

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