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Annual Report 2004-2005 Northern Territory Education Advisory Council



Annual Report 2004-2005 Northern Territory Education Advisory Council

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Chair's Report During 2004 the Education Advisory Council fulfilled its statutory responsibilities by meeting as required on at least four occasions and advising the Minister on a variety of education-related matters, including teacher bursary places, representation for the disability services sector, early childhood and secondary schooling. Secondary education, however, was the key focus. At the request of the Chief Executive, NT Department of Employment, Education and Training, I chaired the Secondary Education Reference Group, which presented its report to the Minister on 5 March 2004. On behalf of Council I also attended the ICPA Conference, the Leaders Forum held at Charles Darwin University on 5 and 6 April and meetings of the School to Work Transition sub committee set up by the Ministerial Advisory Board for Employment and Training. The EAC was successful in obtaining high-level institutional and political support for the Early Childhood Framework, which it had endorsed at its first meeting on 24 February 2004. Titled All Children have the Best Possible Start: A Framework for Action Report, this document had been developed by one of its working parties in conjunction with Health and Education staff. A copy of the Framework was sent to both Ministers' offices on 10 March 2004 and Ministers Scrymgour and Stirling subsequently pledged their full support. In addition, The Hon Claire Martin, as Acting Minister for Employment, Education and Training, advised the EAC on 23 December 2004 that she fully backed its request to make the framework public. Headed by Mr Peter Garrigan, the EAC's Early Childhood Working Party now plans to progress work on the framework in conjunction with other advisory councils. On behalf of Council I would like to express my appreciation for the considerable support and cooperation we have continued to receive from the Minister's Office and from senior officers and staff in NT DEET. As Chair of Council I have also been grateful for the diverse contributions made by members on a vast range of topics. Their efforts have helped to make the EAC a strong and well-informed advisory body. DR BRIAN DEVLIN Chair Education Advisory Council June 2005 4 .