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Monday, 15 June 2009
Page: 6067


Mr Pyne asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 12 May 2009:

In respect of the National Action Plan on Literacy and Numeracy: (1) Which literacy and numeracy programs delivered until 2008 have been evaluated under the Plan. (2) Has the consultation process for the Plan concluded; if so, (a) who was consulted, (b) on what dates were they consulted, (c) how were they consulted, and (d) what is the outcome of the consultations; if not, to 12 May 2009, (e) who was consulted, (f) on what dates were they consulted, (g) how were they consulted, and (h) what is the outcome of the consultations. (3) Which programs have been be redirected into the Plan for 2009. (4) What guidelines have been provided to Federal, State and Territory officials responsible for literacy and numeracy programs to facilitate the Plan.


Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The National Action Plan on Literacy and Numeracy will not evaluate programs prior to 2008. Evaluation of previous activities will be undertaken as part of the operation of those activities.

(2)  

(a)   , (c) and (d) There has not been a public consultation process on the National Action Plan. The major elements of the National Action Plan have been progressed through individual negotiations on the National Partnership for Literacy and Numeracy (NP) and the Literacy and Numeracy Pilots in Low SES communities (the Pilots).

(e) (f)   and (g) The Pilots were agreed to by MCEETYA in June 2008, and progressed via negotiation with state, territory and non government education authorities as funding agreements. The NP was agreed to by COAG in November 2008 and is being progressed via negotiation with state and territory education departments. In addition, a Pilots forum was held in October 2008, involving state, territory and non government education authorities, school principals and academic partners, on the pilot guidelines and to agree an approach to capturing pilot outcomes.

(h)   To date, the outcome of negotiation on the Pilots is the establishment of thirty funding agreements with state, territory and non government education authorities for the conduct of the literacy and numeracy pilots across Australia. The outcome of negotiation on the NP is that state and territory implementation plans for the NP are expected be finalised by October 2009.

(3)   Funding for An Even Start: National Tuition Program, Summer Schools for Teachers Program and the Rewarding Schools for Improving Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes Program has been redirected into the National Action Plan for Literacy and Numeracy.

(4)   The guidelines for the operation of the NP are set out in the National Partnership Agreement for Literacy and Numeracy. A copy of The guidelines for the Pilots can be obtained from the House of Representatives Table Office.