ACT Government launches bold new direction for future of education
The ACT Government delivered on the first phase of the previously signalled commitment to shifting the future of education in the state, including strong embedding of the role the early years play in setting strong foundations for future success, with the delivery of an implementation plan for phase one of the Future of Education strategy on Friday.
The development of the Future of Education strategy has been occurring over the past 12 months and has been informed by extensive consultation with families, children, educators, providers, community organisations, peak bodies, unions, professional associations as well as national and international experts.
A central component of the Early Childhood Strategy (when developed) will be a program for transitioning to free Universal Access for three year olds to quality early childhood education and care. This policy initiative was announced in July 2018 and has remained a central focus for the ACT Government.
The First Phase Implementation Plan outlines clear, tangible actions and commitments for education over the next 18 months across six priorities:
- Strengthening inclusive education
- Giving students more of a say
- Supporting a workforce of the future
- Community schools
- Giving young people the best start
- Focus the system on what matters most.
Reforms arising from the Future of Education strategy have been allocated $4.2 million over four years.
“The Future of Education Strategy will give all children and young people in the ACT the very best chance of a bright future,” Ms Berry said.