Flexible learning: have your say

Wednesday, 10 June, 2020

Flexible learning: have your say

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino is seeking community input on remote and flexible learning. The gathered information will help inform a mid-July summit on the state’s education system, in light of recent developments.

Hoping to better understand lessons learned during Covid-19 and to identify potential for improvement, Merlino is encouraging principals, teachers, parents and students to have their say.

“I encourage all Victorian teachers, students and their families to have their say. This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn from the remote teaching and learning experience.

“This summit will bring our school sectors together to report back about the benefits and challenges of remote learning.

“We know that there have been many positives from this experience, and we have a responsibility to learn from them,” Merlino said.

The summit will be held in July to allow time for Victorians to contribute their experiences. It will follow an independent analysis of remote learning at schools across the state and bring together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny are also producing reports on the remote learning experience.

The community survey, independent analysis and the Parliamentary Secretary reports will all contribute to the findings from the summit.

While remote learning presented challenges, a significant number of schools reported benefits during remote learning for students who have previously been disengaged or distracted in the classroom, and for high-ability students who have been able to learn at their own pace.

Some students whose learning has been affected by anxiety or other mental health conditions have also shown significant benefits from remote learning.

You can have your say by using this link. Consultation closes 3 July 2020.

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