Page 3077 - Week 08 - Thursday, 16 August 2018

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The strategy is aimed at the whole system and all schools: non-government, government, systemic and independent. Alongside it, the government’s early childhood strategy will make sure that every child is set up for success. The future of education strategy takes the work already happening as a strong base and looks to the next 10 years to some of the big things that are possible. There are many initiatives that will be arising from the strategy that will be laid out in an implementation plan for the ACT education system as a whole.

MS CODY: Minister, what are the foundations of the strategy?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for the supplementary. The foundations of the strategy are outlined in my ministerial statement that I delivered today. The foundations of the strategy place students at the centre of their learning. It empowers teachers, school leaders and other professionals to meet the learning needs of all students. It builds strong communities for learning and strengthens systems to focus on equity with quality.

By having students at the centre, education will enable people to participate effectively and respectfully in a diverse society. It prepares children for adult life by developing the full potential of their personality, talents and mental and physical abilities. By empowering learning professionals, teachers and school leaders with a team of people, including other educators and support staff, they will be able to make education happen and create strong communities for learning.

While the core function of schools is to provide education, everybody knows that schools are also very much a community hub and provide more than just access to learning. Finally, there must be systems to support this learning. Making sure that we provide education for the future requires that there are systems that are harmonious with the directions that are being set by this strategy.

MS ORR: Minister, what are some of the initiatives flowing from the strategy?

MS BERRY: In the budget this year the ACT government committed $9.2 million to progress measures that will arise as a result of the future of education community conversation. The ACT government is already delivering on that, making sure that students are at the centre. We are investing in teacher excellence by ensuring that our partnership with the University of Canberra can provide schoolteachers with the best, most up-to-date and most contemporary skills that they will need. Partnering with schools like University of Canberra Lake Ginninderra senior secondary school and other schools in the ACT will ensure that there are proper supports for teachers, as will working with the Teacher Quality Institute, so that our teaching profession programs ensure that the teaching profession continues to be up to date and provides the best learning outcomes for our students.

Planning—Yarralumla brickworks

MISS C BURCH: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Urban Renewal: when will a lease be issued for the Yarralumla brickworks site and for which part or parts?

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