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New Era For School Counsellors

Thursday, 15 February 2007

NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam and Shadow Minister for School Education Brad Hazzard announced a dramatic increase in Government school counselors -  a cornerstone of a new era in public school education under a NSW Liberal/Nationals Government. 

The Vinson Rreport called for 700 additional counsellors into NSW schools over 10 years. The Liberal/Nationals have committed to providing the 700 additional counsellors and in the first term of Government, they will ensure 280 new counsellors join the early intervention challenge in our schools.

 

 

A New Direction In The Recruitment Of School Staff

6 December 2006

The changes to the recruitment of school staff are part of a broad effort by the NSW Labor Government to give greater autonomy to local schools.

"Since the start of the new and reformed staffing agreement in April 2005, 503 principal positions, 1,840 executive positions and 1,182 classroom teacher positions have been filled by candidates handpicked by school communities.

"In fact, 72 per cent of principal positions have been by filled by candidates chosen by local selection panels which included a parent or community representative."

The remaining principal positions were filled by suitably qualified and experienced individuals whom the Department had a responsibility to place, such as those who had served in remote NSW.

"By giving school communities the capacity to select their own leaders, we are helping to ensure public schools reflect the values of their communities and the needs of their students," said Ms Tebbutt.

 

The news release includes an explanation of how the staffing reforms work.

 

 

MAJOR NSW SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PACKAGE

 

21 May, 2006.

 

Safety at school zones across NSW will be upgraded with state-of-the-art technology and new education programs in a major school student safety initiative, Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal announced today, 21 May, 2006.

 

The five-point plan includes:

 

   Electronic school safety alert systems, incorporating flashing 40km/h signs and lights, will be developed and rolled out across NSW, with the first 100 to be fast-tracked

   A combination of 50 fixed and mobile speed cameras will be installed and rotated between all NSW school zones – operating only in school zone hours

     Increased fines and demerit points for driving offences in school zones

   A ‘Drop-off-and-go, Pick-up-and-go’ system will allow parents to become more involved in student safety and ease congestion around participating schools

   A School Child Safety Roundtable will address further initiatives raised by parents, schools, community groups and the Roads and Traffic Authority.

Full Media Release Word file 92kb

 

Respect And Responsibility Plan Stage One:

National Anthem To Be Compulsory In All NSW Schools

 

22 January 2006

 

NSW Premier Morris Iemma today announced he would implement plans to drive improvements in ‘Respect and Responsibility’ in our community.

 

“I believe what happened at Cronulla, Maroubra and Brighton-Le-Sands had its roots in a fundamental lack of respect for authority developed at an early age,” Mr Iemma said.

Full Media Release Word file 35kb

 

 

NSW Education Minister (Carmel Tebbutt)

 

FUTURES REPORT

 

PUBLIC COMMENT HELPS LONG-TERM EDUCATION PLANNING –

‘Shows pride in public education’ 

 

The community response to the widest ever consultation on the direction of education in NSW will play its part in planning over the next 5-10 years, Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt said today.

 

The consultation report is now available on the DET website- see links below.

 

Launching the 300 page report – with the theme ‘One size doesn’t fit all’ – Ms Tebbutt, said it the consultation, from November 2004 - February 2005, was the largest ever undertaken by an education system in Australia.

 

“Close to 30,000 people took part in the consultations – a remarkable response that reflects both the importance of education in the community, and the fact that the NSW Government is one of the largest education providers in the world,” Ms Tebbutt said.

 

“The report confirmed that people have great pride in the achievements of our public schools and TAFE institutes.

 

“It also told us that parents, students, and teachers would like…..”

 

Full Media Release Word file 151 kb

Links to Report and other documents

 

NSW GOVERNMENT INVESTS AN EXTRA $25.7 MILLION IN SCHOOLS 12 December 2005

 

Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt today announced that 300 schools across NSW will benefit from an extra $25.7 million investment in their facilities.

 

A further $25.7 million has been allocated to 339 capital works projects across 300 schools.  This is in addition to the 613 projects worth $181m announced by the Premier in September.

 

Download list of schools receiving the latest grants – pdf or xls at the bottom of this link.

New look primary education for 2006  7 December 2005

The Minister for Education and Training, Carmel Tebbutt, today released new ‘Foundation Statements’ that clearly describe what must be taught to every primary school student in every school in NSW.

 

The Foundation Statements describe the knowledge, skills and understanding that each student should develop at each stage of primary school. They provide a clear answer to the question of what must be taught.

The statements follow the recommendations from the 2003 report by Professor Ken Eltis, Time to Teach, Time to Learn.

 

A full copy of the Foundation Statements is available at the Board of Studies K-6 site.

 

Parents and Carers of the Year Recognised 5 December 2005

A woman who has volunteered at her local public school for 35 years is one of 56 outstanding recipients of the 2005 Public School Parent of the Year Award.

Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt today applauded the parents and carers who have gone above and beyond to help out in NSW public schools.

"Parents are the backbone of our school communities," said Ms Tebbutt.

"Their dedication and hard work often goes unrecognised but schools could not survive without them.

 

Special Education Initiative  11 November 2005

Students and their teachers will receive strengthened support under the State Government's special education initiative announced today.

This is a $15.6 million initiative - which for the first time will see a teachers' aide provide support in every continuing special education class by 2007.

 

New cleaning contracts for NSW schools and TAFEs  10 November 2005

Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt today announced new school cleaning contracts which mean problems ranging from unclean toilets to dirty carpets and messy canteens must be fixed within a day.

New four-year cleaning contracts - starting next year and worth more than $218 million annually - will mean higher cleaning standards and closer monitoring of contractor performance.

Historic Pay Decision For Teachers  October 26, 2005

Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, today announced an historic agreement which sees NSW Government school and TAFE teachers remain the highest paid in the country.

Factsheet: NEW teacher Pay Rates October 26, 2005

Includes national teacher pay comparisons, and other features of the new award.

By 2008:

Ø      a starting teacher will receive $50,522

Ø      top of the scale teachers will receive $75,352 and

Ø      Secondary principals will receive up to $129,506

DET’s Salary and Allowances page

 

NSW Government Acts To Turn Around Troubled Students     Tuesday October 25, 2005

 

Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, today announced that four new suspension centres would open over the coming weeks as part of the NSW Government’s plan to keep schools safe and provide intensive help for disruptive students.

 

The four new suspension centres will be located at Mount Austin in Wagga Wagga, Glenfield in South Western Sydney, Bidwell in Western Sydney and Gymea in Sydney’s South.

 

A further two suspension centres will be opened in Northern Sydney and New England in the first part of next year as part of an election commitment to open 20 suspension centres by 2007. 

 

 

New measures for quality teaching in NSW schools  Wednesday, October 19, 2005

 

Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt today announced new measures to ensure that NSW schools have the highest quality teachers.

 

The NSW Government has committed $144 million over four years to the professional development of teachers.

 

“From next year, all new teachers will spend a minimum of 100 hours over five years undertaking professional development,” Ms Tebbutt said.

Annual Schools Web Design Awards - Winners Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, NSW 30 August, 2005

MINISTER PRESENTS PUBLIC EDUCATION MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS   NSW 18 August, 2005

Individuals are nominated for these awards by their peers, P&C’s and other community organisations, professional bodies or similar groups.

 

NSW Opposition Media Releases (Brad Hazzard)

Full list of media releases

MINISTERS’ ANSWERS UNACCEPTABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 26.10.05

Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt’s assurances on radio this morning that parents of children in special needs classes will know if their child’s classes will be cut by November are not good enough.

“Parents have been demanding a response from Minister Tebbutt and her Department for the past two months,” Shadow Minister for Education Brad Hazzard said today.

“And today the Minister has said parents will have to wait yet another month for answers – it’s just unacceptable.”

TEBBUTT LEAVES DISABILITY PARENTS SWINGING IN THE BREEZE 26.10.05

It’s time Minister for Education Carmel Tebbutt treated students with disabilities fairly and clarified the Government’s secret plans for the destruction of special disability classes in Government schools across the State.

“Minister Tebbutt must listen to parents’ anguished concerns about the future of their children with disabilities and clarify the Government’s intentions on the closure of IM and IO classes immediately,” said Brad Hazzard.

“A civilised society demands a civilised response from the Labor Minister who is supposed to provide a public education system for all irrespective of disability.”

“Instead in NSW we have a Minister who has left parents of children with disabilities swinging in the breeze for months not knowing the future for their sons and daughters in IM (intellectually mild) IO (intellectually moderate) classes.”

POOR BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT, LACK OF SUPPORT AND TEACHERS LEAVE 25.10.05

A bipartisan parliamentary committee has highlighted that teachers are leaving the public education system due to poor facilities, lack of equipment and insufficient support.

“This is proof positive the Labor Government is failing to support public education which is in dire need of renewal of infrastructure and support for teachers,” Shadow Minister for Education, Brad Hazzard said today.

“Witnesses told the Standing Committee on Social Issues that the physical environment of Government schools often convinced them to head for the private system.”

OPPOSITION WELCOMES PAY INCREASE FOR TEACHERS 24.10.05

The NSW Liberal/National parties today welcomed the increase in teacher salaries and committed to promoting salary fairness for teachers who stay teaching rather than moving to administrative positions.

“Teachers are critically important in developing young people in NSW and should be rewarded as such,” Shadow Minister for Education, Brad Hazzard said today.

“After parents and carers, teachers often have the greatest influence on the future of children.”

“Teachers must be recognised and rewarded for their critical role.”

Time To Review And Renew Focus On Numeracy 16 Aug 2005

New Drive Required For Cyber Savvy Teachers 18 Aug 2005

 

Federal Minister’s Media Releases (Ms Julie Bishop)

Minister’s site, Media Releases, etc

Injecting Vital Funding Into School Communities 16 February 2006

Includes Investing In Our Schools - More funding for 2006 by moving forward funds from 2008

Previous Minister Brendan Nelson’s Media releases

REPORT OF THE NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO THE TEACHING OF LITERACY  Media release  REPORT

8 December 2005 MIN 2061/05

Today I have released the final report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy.

Entitled Teaching Reading, the Report strongly recommends the use of a phonics-based teaching method – founded on proven and evidence-based strategies – to give students the best possible opportunity to learn to read and write in the early years of schooling.

The Report cautions against the exclusive use of the whole-language approach to the teaching of reading and finds it to be:

“...not in the best interests of children, particularly those experiencing reading difficulties”. (p.12 of the Report)

The Inquiry found that in the first three years of school – and beyond if necessary – all children learn to read most effectively through an approach to reading that explicitly teaches:

  • phonics (or the relationship between letters and sounds);
  • phonemic awareness (or the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in oral language);
  • fluency (or the ability to read quickly and naturally, recognise words automatically, and group words quickly);
  • vocabulary knowledge (or understanding new words and what they mean); and
  • text comprehension (or understanding what is being read and developing higher-order thinking skills).

more….

COMPARING YEAR 12 STANDARDS IN KEY SUBJECTS - TERMS OF REFERENCE ANNOUNCED

23 November 2005 MIN 2047/05

The terms of reference for an independent comparative study of Year 12 assessments throughout Australia have now been released.

The study, which I announced in September this year, will examine the content, curriculum and standards in English (including Literature), Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

The terms of reference outline the criteria by which each of the selected subjects will be measured, compared and analysed, so that a clear picture can be drawn of comparative standards in subjects for the Year 12 certificate across States and Territories in Australia.

They include:

  1. an examination and description of the variety of subject options available in the selected Year 12 certificate subjects in terms of content, curriculum and standards;
  2. a comparison of the relative strengths and weaknesses of subject offerings across jurisdictions; and
  3. a description of the extent of the involvement of university discipline specialists in the development of content, curriculum and assessment criteria.

$19.4 MILLION SUCCESS FOR BOYS PROGRAMME – FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS NOW OPEN

7 October 2005 MIN 2006/05

I am pleased to announce that applications for funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s $19.4 million Success for Boys programme have opened.

The Government is committed to improving boys’ educational and social outcomes, and through Success for Boys will provide grants of around $10,000 to schools to help them improve the way they work with boys.

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO UNDERTAKE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF YEAR 12 STANDARDS IN KEY SUBJECTS

23 September 2005 MIN 2007/05

The Australian Government will commission an independent comparative analysis of year 12 assessments throughout Australia.

The study will examine the content, curriculum and standards of year 12 assessment in English, Literature, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

I have already engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research to develop an Australian Certificate of Education that will establish a nationally consistent high standard assessment of student skills and knowledge.

It is clear that standards vary from state to state. It is also clear that curriculum has been altered, in some cases to the detriment of content and standards.

STUDY CONFIRMS HOWARD GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT
TO QUALITY CAREERS ADVICE

2 September 2005 MIN 1188/05

An Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) report released today has provided further proof that high quality careers advice is vitally important in assisting young people make the right choices about their work and study options.

The report, Attitudes, Intentions and Participation, shows that students’ opinions about education – formed as early as Year 9 – including their motivation, satisfaction and views of teachers, were key factors behind students’ decisions on whether to study up to, or beyond, Year 12.

The Howard Government firmly believes that students need support in making a successful transition from school to further study or work and will invest $143.2 million to establish the Australian Network of Industry Careers Advisers (ANICA) and a further $24 million for initiatives such as Youth Pathways (previously the Jobs Pathways Programme).

 

ALP Federal Shadow Education Minister  (Stephen Smith)

New Directions: Literacy & Numeracy

Kevin Rudd and Stephen Smith April, 2007

"Labor’s National Action Plan on Literacy and Numeracy will boost the skills of Australian school children. Teachers will be required to meet necessary skills and standards, and schools and individual students will be targeted to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes.

"These skills are the building blocks of a good education, and this plan is all all about making sure future generations of Australians get the best possible start."

 

 

New Directions: Children's Health & Development

Kevin Rudd, Nicola Roxon and Jenny Macklin April, 2007

"Children can’t learn well if they don't feel good at school. Just as education and training are the building blocks for future productivity and prosperity, good health is fundamentally important to successful education.

"This is why Labor believes we should pay more attention to children's health and development at one of the most important stages of every child's life: the start of school."

An Education Revolution For Australia's Economic Future – Kevin Rudd  23.01.07 

Labor Discussion Paper On Education And Productivity - Stephen Smith  23.01.07 

ALP News Releases

ACCSO

MEDIA RELEASE RE SCHOOL BUS SAFETY – November, 2005

  

                      From the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO)

                  MINISTERS  MUST ACT TOMORROW ON SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

 

Australia’s peak council for public schools ACSSO says tomorrow’s meeting of Transport Ministers in Hobart must act on school bus safety.

 

The President of ACSSO, Jenny Branch called on all ministers to deal once and for all with the safety problems encountered by young people travelling on non-urban buses.

 

“ In some states, children are standing on rural school buses, others are not supplied with seat belts and some are sitting unrestrained three to a seat” she said.

 

ACSSO has been campaigning nationally for school buses in rural areas to be brought under the Australian Design Rules. A recent bus accident in West Australia highlighted the value of seat belts on buses.

 

Ms. Branch said rural school-children in all states had the right to be protected like all long distance passengers on tour buses where passengers were restrained by seat belts.

 

She implored the State and Territory Transport Ministers to act now before a major tragedy occurred.

 

 

Contact Jenny Branch

President ACSSO

02 62825150

or Terry Aulich       0407 106 836

 

 

 

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Federal ALP Policies April, 2007

 

New Directions: Literacy & Numeracy

New Directions: Children's Health & Development

 

An Education Revolution For Australia's Economic Future – Kevin Rudd  23.01.07

 

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