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Changes to Education Act aims to keep kids in school longer

EDUCATION Minister Jeremy Rockliff said changes announced to the Education Act were part of an overall plan to keep Tasmanian students in school longer.

"We have got big issues here in Tasmania with retention and completion rates, we are way behind the rest of the country," Minister Rockliff said.

 

The proposed changes include:

These include:

·         Lifting the exemption from the education and training requirements for employment from 25 hours a week to 35 hours a week (full-time);

·         A new compulsory conciliation conferencing process with families to address non-attendance;

·         Allowing for the collection of information to develop risk management plans to better support students whose behaviour may lead to a risk of harm to themselves and others;

·         The ability to set a minimum standard for adult behaviour in schools;

·         Providing for dual enrolment of students with disability between a mainstream and special school across government and non-government sectors;

·         For government schools, updated legislative provisions so that disciplinary actions sit within a broader student behaviour management approach;

·         For non-government schools, increased options in the registration process - for the Non-Government Schools Registration Board in assessing applications, and for schools with the capacity to register as system of schools;

·         For home education, a stronger regulatory approach including standards for registration as a home educator and annual reviews of student achievement, and the ability to apply for partial enrolment in a school; and

·         One piece of legislation, replacing the Education Act 1994, the Youth Participation in Education and Training (Guaranteeing Futures)Act 2005 and the Education and Training (Tasmanian Academy) Act 2008.

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