Page 98 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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Safe and inviting school environments are critical to the wellbeing of students with complex needs and challenging behaviours. A great example of how these are being met is the commitment to safe sensory learning igloo spaces undertaken by our outstanding school leader of the year, principal of Theodore School, Mr Matthew Holdway. The igloo is a sensory space which is available for all students, in particular, students with complex needs. There is one in every of the 14 classrooms at the P-6 school. Catholic education has also made significant improvements to safe sensory spaces in their schools, with funding and professional learning for classroom teachers to enhance their learning spaces.

From these examples, members can see the significant progress that has been made to implement the schools for all recommendations; however, the work is ongoing and the schools for all program has progressed further with fourth quarter activities. Several of the recommendations in the expert panel report are longer term recommendations requiring significant consultation and collaboration across the education system, government and with the community sector. I look forward to presenting members with more information on these recommendations in the future.

The focus over the next report period will be on recommendations relating to building partnerships across government and taking a community-focused approach to meeting the needs of students and their families. Again, this is something I have a strong commitment to.

Given the comprehensive work being undertaken through the schools for all program, I have agreed that fourth quarter reporting should be considered by the oversight group in February to allow the full quarter of reporting to be finalised following the Christmas break. I will provide the Assembly with an update of the fourth quarter reports in March. In addition, a summary of the full-year reporting will be made available highlighting the significant work and outlining the next priorities of the program. I look forward to updating members on the next stage of the reporting in the new year.

I present a copy of the statement:

Schools for All—Implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour: 3rd Quarterly Report 2016—Ministerial statement, 13 December 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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