Annual Report 1996 Northern Territory Department of Education
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S t r u c t u r e o f t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n School principals are responsible for the educational programs offered in their schools and participate in the development of operational policy through Regional Councils of Principals, chaired by superintendents. M':" The NT Department of Education derives its powers, responsibilities and functions from the Education Act 1979, as amended. I* The Act provides for an integrated system of education with the Secretary of the department responsible for preschool, primary and secondary education. To facilitate the smooth running of schools, the department has been organised into two key operational divisions, Operations North and Operations South, which are in turn segmented into nine regions, each headed by a superintendent who manages the educational programs in the region. The Curriculum and Assessment Division provides administrative and professional support to the Northern Territory Board of Studies which in turn is responsible for the evaluation, accreditation and research of schools curriculum and student assessment. * *'1 Principals also hold the position of executive officer on school councils, which are elected to manage various aspects of the school. '*Northern Territory schools are increasingly becoming self-managed, as are schools throughout the western world. However, some aspects of our school * management are centralised, such as curriculum development, and support for schools to implement it overall policy Sjf recruitment of staff payment of salaries and wages ; * the coordination of needs-based financial bids for capital works, furniture and fittings, repairs and maintenance and the setting of standards for such works. Advisory councils such as the Education Advisory Council and Feppi (the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group) provide input on a variety of matters related to education and schools, such as the development of curriculum and setting of priorities and approaches to education. The Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) is fully serviced by the department in its task of establishing policies for curriculum, assessment and certification in all NT schools. Whilst the government has the responsibility to provide education services for all children aged between six and fifteen years, the rights of parents to choose the type of education for their children are also respected and valued. NT Department o f Education 1996 Annual Report 15