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The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jul 2011



The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jul 2011

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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36 NT NEWS. Monday, July 25, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Special feature EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l Building brighter future for children The team at the Department of Education and Training who are working with schools, families, communities and other agencies to improve student enrolment, attendance and participation in the Territory THE Department of Education and Training is working with schools, families, communities and other agencies to improve enrolment, attendance and participation to give every Territory child access to a quality education and life choices. Formal schooling brings an overall value to the Northern Territory and Territorians. A sound education can contribute to better health outcomes, increased opportunities for employment and improved productivity levels. The Territory has a comprehensive and integrated strategy called Every Child, Every Day to address enrolment, attendance and participation. Every Child Every Day sets ambitious targets and details key strategies the department is implementing with parents, schools and communities to improve the participation of young people in the high quality education that is available to them. The strategies encourage and enforce enrolment, attendance and participation and many of them are well under way. Sending children to school, first and foremost, is the responsibility of families. Parents or guardians have to get their children to school every single day. The recent changes to the Education Act, that came into effect on June 1, strengthen provisions relating to compulsory attendance at school and bring Northern Territory infringement penalties into line with other jurisdictions in Australia. The changes, coupled with strategies that engage children and parents, deliver a comprehensive set of measures that address the management of enrolment, attendance and participation issues that impact on the futures of our young people. Some of the strategies and pro grams to increase school attendance include the Extended School Year, Beyond Jobs Guarantee, Clontarf and Sporting Chance Academies and the Frequent Attenders Program. The Department of Education and Training is committed to improving the attendance results for all students in the Northern Territory. Dont deny your child a future by denying them an education. Every Child. Every Day. Changes to Act put students on right course Some key draft amendments include significantly increasingmaximum fines for offences (inmost cases) CHANGES to the Education Act began on June 1 to introduce further measures to boost school attendance and support the Every Child, Every Day strategy. The key amendments to the Education Act include: o Giving the Department of Education and Training (DET) the power to direct parents and students to attend meetings about a childs education and participation. o Giving DET greater power to obtain and use information from other agencies in order to support a child and their family. o Increased penalties for parents who fail to send their children to school. o Greater capacity to enforce enrolment, attendance and participation requirements for children aged 14 years and older who are living independently of their parents. The amendments to the Act create a wide range of new provisions and offences. These strengthen the basis for dealing with enrolment, attendance and participation issues and to give attendance and truancy officers broader powers to deal with students who dont go to school. Some key draft amendments include significantly increasing maximum fines for offences (in most cases) to: o $2055 for a first offence. o $2740 for a second or for any subsequent offence. The Act also amends the Education (In fringement Notice) Regulations and provides for most of the offences to be dealt with by issuing an infringement notice as an alternative to taking a person to court. Penalties for an infringement notice are: o $274 for an adult. o $27 for a child. Principals and other school-based staff are not presently authorised people and so do not issue infringement notices. The Department of Education and Training will continue to work in partnership with families and communities to encourage and support every child to attend school every day. It is important that parents notify the school if their child is absent. The evidence is strong that attending school regularly, finishing school and going on to further education and training leads to better job prospects, higher incomes and provides young people with more life choices. That is why it is compulsory in the Northern Territory for children and young people to attend school every day, to complete Year 10 and then take part in education until they turn 17 years old unless they are in full-time training or work. The Department of Education and Training has a renewed focus on ensuring we produce the brightest and best students. That means Every Child must go to school Every Day. For more information about Every Child, Every Day, visit www.det.nt.gov.au. Patrols steer kids to study The NT Department of Education and Trainings Attendance and Truancy officers conduct regular patrols throughout the Territory across the school year THE Department of Education and Trainings Every Child, Every Day strategy this year received a crucial boost with the introduction of specialist Attendance and Truancy officers. There are now 14 Attendance and Truancy officers across the Northern Territory, conducting regular patrols throughout the school year. The patrols are conducted at different times each day and in many different locations. The Attendance and Truancy officers focus on helping Territory students reengage with the school system. The department is operating within local school communities to break the cycle of non-attendance. Patrols are conducted in urban areas as well as rural and remote areas. Six officers are based in regional locations; three are in Alice Springs and five are in Darwin. Patrols are conducted in major shopping centres, public parks, streets and public facilities, such as swimming pools and skate parks. Children of compulsory school age are required by law to answer truthfully any question asked of them by officers acting in an official capacity about non-attendance at school. All officers are authorised to do this under the Education Act. A failure to answer an attendance officers question about school nonattendance may result in a fine. Adults who impede an officer from carrying out their investigation also may be subject to a fine. Attendance officers can ask a student to accompany them back to school. Failure to comply with this request may also result in a fine. The school at which a student is enrolled is informed of truant students. Further action by the school may be taken against the student. This is in addition to any action taken by the onduty Attendance and Truancy officers. The officers fulfil dual roles in taking a proactive and reactive approach to the issue of school attendance. They work together with Territory families and communities to develop and implement strategies to monitor, improve and maintain childrens attendance at schools. Attendance and Truancy officers receive specialist training in enforcement. All of them bring a variety of life skills, experiences and qualifications to the role. The Every Child, Every Day strategy was launched last year. It aims to make sure all children, no matter where they live, benefit from going to school every day.

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