Report tabled: education in remote and complex environments
A new report from the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training has made 14 recommendations after an inquiry into the education of students in remote and complex environments.
Andrew Laming MP, Committee Chair, said that barriers to education can be overcome for students in regional, rural and remote communities and that significant work had already been done based on the findings of two previous education reviews (in 2018 and 2019). The committee recommended that implementation plans be provided to illustrate progression.
The committee made 14 recommendations in total, including measures to:
- ensure all Australian students can access secondary school education, to a nationally consistent minimum standard, regardless of their geographic location;
- provide greater opportunities for families and communities to have more say in how schools apply the Australian Curriculum;
- ensure that the education available to children and young people with disability in regional, rural and remote locations is inclusive;
- improve access to mental health treatment and support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
- improve access to quality early childhood education and care in regional, rural and remote communities;
- provide up to 30 hours per week of subsidised early education and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children;
- support early learning programs provided through distance education, and provide greater flexibility and surety in funding for mobile early childhood education services, and wraparound models of early intervention, family support, early childhood education and health care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
- provide adult literacy campaigns in communities with low levels of adult English literacy;
- improve access to English as an Additional Language or Dialect support and bilingual education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;
- support the development and professionalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workforce;
- establish trauma-informed, cultural induction and training programs for educators working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;
- enhance the integration of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education sectors.
The full report is available from the Parliamentary website here.
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