Early childhood experts consulted for NT Education Engagement Strategy development

Early childhood experts consulted for NT Education Engagement Strategy development

by Freya Lucas

May 31, 2021

The Northern Territory Government is seeking public input into an innovative strategy that will set a new course for student engagement and improved educational outcomes, consulting with an expert reference group which includes researchers and academics from across Australia who have known expertise in school and early childhood education, including Aboriginal education and culture.


At the end of the consultation period, the Education Engagement Strategy will be released, forming a framework for “meaningful, accessible education stemming from purposeful and engaging learning processes.”


The strategy will outline actions that can be led by students, families and broader communities across the NT in collaboration with the education system to successfully engage and motivate students and support their wellbeing, acknowledging the key role communities play in leading schools. 


As well as the expert reference group, a 16-member Education Leaders Reference Group has been formed that includes principals from schools across the Territory, and together the groups will shape the direction of Education Engagement Strategy as determined by student and community consultations.


An Education Engagement Discussion Paper that frames the conversations with young people, parents, carers and the broader community during the consultation phase is now available online.


For those who are interested in contributing to the the strategy, a number of options are available: 


  • Email a written submission, share a story or complete an online submission via the Have your Say Website; or,Attend a public forum or workshop in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy. Dates are on the above website or here.


The consultation process runs until 8 July 2021.