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Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

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2004

 

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

Schools Assistance (Learning Together — Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

 

 

(Amendments to be moved by Ms Macklin)

 

(1)     Clause 4, page 7 (after line 6), insert the following definition

need means an assessment of the educational and financial circumstances of a school and its community, including the varying educational programs required for individual students and groups of students to achieve national educational goals and the level of recurrent and capital resources available to a school from all public and private sources.

(2)     Clause 14, page 17 (after line 18) after paragraph (a) insert the following paragraph

                    (aa)  a commitment by the State to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need; and

(3)     Clause 14, page 18 (lines 30-33), omit paragraph 14(1)(1), substitute

              (l)  a commitment by the State that:

                              (i)  appointments of staff in each government school will be made with the approval of the principal, or the governing body, of the school; and

                             (ii)  such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant state authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas; and

(4)     Page 19, (after line 21) after clause 14, insert the following new clause

14A   Principles for reporting on students’ learning and school performance

                   For the purposes of sections 14 (1) and (2), including but not limited to the reporting requirements in paragraphs 14 (1) (c), (d), (e), (n), (p) and (r) and related paragraphs 19 (3) (d), (e) and (f), the agreement must include reporting on students’ learning and schools’ performance that is consistent with the following principles:

 

                     (a)  reporting by schools to parents and to the community must always be in the educational interests of students;

                     (b)  information from school reports is to provide assistance to schools and to teachers to inquire into students’ learning needs and to develop teaching programs for those students;

                     (c)  reporting by schools on students’ learning must include a comprehensive range of information of related factors that includes:

                              (i)  the total resources available to each school from all sources;

                             (ii)  enrolment policies and practices, including information on the enrolment of indigenous students and students with disabilities;

                            (iii)  student admission and exclusion policies and practices;

                            (iv)  qualifications and accreditation standings of teaching staff;

                             (v)  curriculum offerings at the school; and

                            (vi)  policies and programs for student discipline and welfare, anti-bullying and child protection;

                     ( d)  the content and format of school reports are to be developed following consultation with parents and school community organisations.

(5)     Clause 31, page 30 (after line 18), after paragraph (a) insert the following paragraph

                    (aa)  a commitment by the relevant authority to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need; and

(6)     Clause 31, page 31 (line 30) to 32 (line 2), omit paragraph 31(1), substitute the following paragraph:

              (l)  a commitment by the relevant authority that:

                              (i)  appointments of staff in each school or each school in the approved school system will be made with the approval of the principal, or the governing body, of the school or each of those schools; and

                             (ii)  such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant school or system authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas; and

(7)     Page 32 (after line 28), after clause 31, insert the following new clause

31A  Principles for reporting on students’ learning and school performance

                   For the purposes of section 31, including but not limited to the reporting requirements in paragraphs 31 (1) (c), (d), (e), (n), (p) and (r) and related paragraphs 36 (3) (d), (e) and (f), the agreement must include reporting on students’ learning and schools’ performance that is consistent with the following principles:

 

                     (a)  reporting by schools to parents and to the community must always be in the educational interests of students;

                     (b)  information from school reports is to provide assistance to schools and to teachers to inquire into students’ learning needs and to develop teaching programs for those students;

                     (c)  reporting by schools on students’ learning must include a comprehensive range of information of related factors that includes:

                              (i)  the total resources available to each school from all sources;

                             (ii)  enrolment policies and practices, including information on the enrolment of Indigenous students and students with disabilities;

                            (iii)  student admission and exclusion policies and practices;

                            (iv)  qualifications and accreditation standings of teaching staff;

                             (v)  curriculum offerings at the school; and

                            (vi)  policies and programs for student discipline and welfare, anti-bullying and child protection;

                     (d)  the content and format of school reports are to be developed following consultation with parents and school community organisations.

(8)     Clause 69, page 63 (after line 17), at the end of the clause add the following sub clause

             (3)  Financial assistance for capital expenditure under subsections (1) and (2) will be allocated to schools according to need and on the basis of system wide priorities that have been determined through arrangements that have provided an advisory role for representatives of parents in the setting of those priorities.

(9)     Clause 99, page 82 (after line 20), at the end of the clause add the following sub clause

             (3)  Financial assistance for capital expenditure under subsections (1) and (2) will be allocated to schools according to need and on the basis of system wide priorities in the case of approved non-government school systems, or state-wide priorities in the case of independent schools, that have been determined through arrangements that have provided an advisory role for representatives of parents in the setting of those priorities.

 

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