SchoolMate App - Parents Victoria attends launch
- Friday, 22 May 2015 17:08
At the launch of the DET SchoolMate App, Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy shared that "Communicating and supporting Victorian families with Prep to Year 10 school aged children about the Australian Curriculum (AusVELS) is a great initiative by the Department of Education and Training. This free App allows families to view with ease the various levels of subject learning at school from their own personal smart phone device in their own time. SchoolMate provides families with "at home" ideas, suggested activities, books and other Apps and also welcomes feedback from parents/students for the future. Now this is what we call Parental Engagement!"
Parents Victoria Media Release SchoolMate App
Further information from DET website
IBAC Investigation - Operation Ord
- Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:01
Parents Victoria (PV) was as horrified as everyone else when the IBAC investigation first came to our attention in late 2014, alleging there had been corruption committed by high ranking Education Department employees.
To think public monies were being misused and taken away from our neediest schools and students has sickened us considering in February of this year the Victorian Auditor General's Office handed down his report about the "Additional Costs to Families" in our public school sector.
PV has been approached by media outlets since the Hearings began on April 27, 2015 and would prefer not to comment on specifics until the Hearing process is complete. PV relies on the authorities to determine who are guilty once evidence has been given, and the appropriate penalties or if further actions are taken.
PV has always advocated and expected full adherence to proper expenditure rules, internal controls and transparency when it comes to Government disbursements of the public purse. We expect audits and all financial practices to be strictly monitored and enforced in all areas of Government or Institutions in receipt of public monies.
PV believes Government and all school employees must practice and adhere to their code of conduct and ethics under the Public Administration Act 2004 and at all times comply with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
PV encourages anyone with relevant information to this ongoing investigation to contact IBAC directly on 1300 735 135.
Note: PV will communicate to the State Government about communication strategies to school communities who may require support if they have been impacted on any current findings in the recent Hearings (per the IBAC transcripts).
Parents Victoria Executive Officer, Gail McHardy comments The Age, May 9, 2015
"IBAC Investigation" information on DET website.
State Budget - 2015-16
- Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:11
Parents Victoria (PV) was pleased for the huge injection of funding for the next financial year to address the growing school infrastructure demands facing our growing population.
PV applauds the proactive parents speaking up and lobbying the State Government to forward-plan for our future children to attend Public Schools.
Funding the election commitments for families facing disadvantage was well received but we await the detail re who will decide and how these monies will be disbursed to those with the greatest need.
PV remains concerned that we still have schools in need of intervention and essential support services for students with challenging behaviours and mental health. We need to fund health and wellbeing professionals so teachers can be supported on how to work better with students and their families to cope more effectively and relieve the stress on our schools.
For those seeking more detail access, the State Budget Papers here.
Teacher classroom readiness acknowledges the importance of engaging with families
- Sunday, 26 April 2015 13:43
ACSSO believes that quality pre-service training and quality early career mentoring are essential elements in ensuring new teachers enter the workforce well prepared for the classroom. ACSSO Media Release re teacher classroom readiness
Parents Victoria Conference 2015
- Sunday, 26 April 2015 13:52
August 25 & 26
Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park)
"Is your school kicking goals"
Diary note now - details coming soon
Reform of the Federation White Paper
- Friday, 13 February 2015 21:56
The Federal Government has released the Education Issues Paper for discussion in respect to the Reform of the Federation White Paper. ACSSO and Parents Victoria would like to know your thoughts.
An Issues paper titled Roles and Responsibilities in Education was released on December 23, 2014.
The Education Issues paper is in two parts. Part A discusses childcare and early childhood learning, and schools; and Part B discusses vocational education and higher education.
Provide your feedback / comments to ACSSO here.
Parents Victoria is the ACSSO Victorian Affiliate - (Australian Council of State School Organisations - the National voice of parents of children in Australia's Public Schools).
School Fees and Charges
- Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:48
Parent Payments link includes a flowchart detailing "What does free instruction mean?" and "What may parents be asked to pay for?".