Parents welcome Government response to Expert Panel Report

Canberra’s key public-school parent group, the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations (Council), welcomes the ACT Government’s response to the newly released ‘Schools for all Children and Young People’ report.

“Council hopes that this report will trigger real change in the way that students with complex needs and challenging behaviour are accommodated within the ACT public education system,” said John Haydon, Council President.

“After the commissioning of countless reports, reviews and recommendations, Council strongly believes that it is time for real structural and cultural change.
Adequate resources and support need to be provided in order to address the educational and social needs of these students,” he said.

We are extremely pleased that the ACT Government has embraced all the report’s recommendations and committed additional funds to new measures. Many of Council’s own input into the review is clearly reflected in the Government’s response.”

“While targeted funding is always helpful, the money needs to be backed up by widespread cultural change and a commitment from all stakeholders to adequately address the needs of these students. Council is committed to seeing this through on behalf of all students and parents,” Mr Haydon said.

In its submission to the Expert Panel’s review of Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour, Council made several recommendations including:

  • financial incentives for educators to specialise in disability education and behaviour management
  • expanding disability education training for teachers and assistants
  • regular evaluation of teaching and assessment methods
  • re-examining the resource allocation process
  • measures to engage with parents and community members.

Council would like to thank the Expert Panel - Tony Shaddock, Sue Packer and Alasdair Roy - for their hard work in producing an extensive report that accurately reflects the realities faced by students and parents.


November 18, 2015