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Have Your Say: Supporting Students with Additional Needs

The Territory Labor Government is undertaking a review of policies and practices for Students with Additional Needs attending NT Government schools, and wants you to have your say.

Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, said the review is part of an election promise to invest in supporting students with additional needs.

“We want all children to have access to a quality education and the review’s findings will inform improvements that lead our schools to be at the forefront of inclusive schooling,” Ms Lawler said.

“We recently opened the Mimik-Ga Centre in Wanguri to provide extra support to families who have children with additional needs and we’ve expanded a range of support services for students. Last year we also launched a scholarship that helps teachers complete a Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education).

“We want to discuss what else we can do to provide more support to students with additional needs. We want to find out what our strengths are and what changes we should make. This review will explore how we will continue to provide an inclusive education into the future and achieve the best outcomes for all Territory students.”

The review will focus on students who attend special schools and students who attend mainstream schools (but need additional support). It will include:

Consultation will include online surveys, workshops and school visits in Alice Springs, Katherine, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy and Darwin.

“It is vital we get as much feedback as possible, and I encourage everyone to get involved,” Ms Lawler said.

The feedback will be used to produce an independent report that will support NT schools in delivering a quality education for students with additional needs.

To provide feedback visit haveyoursay.nt.gov.au. Consultation closes on 30 March, 2018.

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079