Program for Students with Disabilities Review
- Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:11
Opportunity for contributions closes October 16, 2015
Parents Victoria is representing on Expert Advisory Panel
Education Minister James Merlino said the Program for students with disabilities (PSD) Review is one of many significant commitments outlined in the Andrews Labor Government's comprehensive Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools.
The Review will consult an Expert Advisory Panel including representatives from principals' groups, Australian Association of Special Education, Parents Victoria, AMAZE (Autism Victoria), the Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) Victoria, the Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne.
Read more here on the DET website
School Fees and Charges (Parent Payments) Survey to remain open
- Friday, 24 July 2015 09:30
In response to the Victorian Auditor General's Office performance audit on Additional School Costs for Families, published February 2015, DET (Department of Education and Training) commissioned an independent Review of Parenting Payment Policies in Victorian Government Schools (May to July 2015).
On behalf of our Parents Victoria members and the wider public school community, we have provided a submission to PTR Consulting. The consultants will be reporting their findings to the Minister for Education at the end of August 2015. Parents Victoria will report any further updates as they come to hand. Please keep a watch on our Facebook page too, if you have access to this social media platform.
We are keeping our survey monkey opportunity live as schools start to plan for 2016 school costs and so we are still keen to hear current views / suggestions re parent payments (fees and charges) in schools. Visit our survey monkey to give us feedback.
DET Parent Payments Policy can be found here.
Parents Victoria will keep a close watch on this Review and has discussed with Minister Merlino and will be discussing with the DET Secretary.
We encourage families to keep us informed on any educational issues of interest where you are needing clarification or guidance. We love to also hear success stories from schools so we can promote/share in our newsletter and where permitted, on our Facebook page and website.
ACSSO National Conference 2015
- Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:33
Australian Council of State Schools Organisation - National Conference
September 11 & 12, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
Dr. Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist CSIRO and the author of Our Future World: Global megatrends that will change the way we live
Visit the ACSSO website for details and to register
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