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2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods



2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods

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Ladwig and Sarra


Ladwig, James; Sarra, Chris


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Cover title. Report includes Northern Territory Government Media Release -" Education Restructure – Next Building Block for Excellence" by Paul Henderson.




Northern Territory -- Education

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Northern Territory Government

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66 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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25 March 2009 3 The Hon Paul Raymond Henderson MLA Chief Minister and Minister for Education and Training GPO Box 3146 Darwin NT 0801 Dear Chief Minister We are pleased to submit this Report following our review of the structure of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training. In conducting the review we have consulted widely, taking into account a wide range of views, and all relevant information and data which we have been able to obtain and analyse with confidence. In conducting the review we have focused on three main questions: How does the current structure operate in ways that are inefficient? How does the current structure support or hinder quality teacher and learning programs for its students?, and How might the structure of the department better support the achievement of its aspirations and goals, particularly in producing high quality, equitable student outcomes? We are convinced that the goal of students in the Northern Territory achieving the highest level of student outcomes equitable is both right and achievable over time. The recommendations contained in this report have been designed to provide a scaffold for the Departments future strategic planning in the organisation and governance of its own work. The recommendations are also designed to meet the future demands of the Territorys social and economic development. The fundamental issue facing education in the Northern Territory is one of quality. Great strides have been made in building the basic infrastructure of a modern schooling system over the past few decades; but, the issue of quality remains as yet under-addressed. It is also important to keep in mind that, especially for the Territory, the question of quality education is a question of social equity. Toward that end we have recommended a series of proposals for re-structuring the department of Education and Training in ways which focus the Department on a vigilant examination of the quality of its work. We are convinced that this focus, and the structural recommendations we offer here, will provide the means by which educational professionals in the Northern Territory can meet the challenges they face in improving the quality of the provision of education and the resultant outcomes. We thank you for the opportunity to undertake this Review, especially given the critical importance of education for the future of the Territory and its people. Yours sincerely Dr James G Ladwig Dr Chris Sarra