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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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. . . . . . .. .. 2009 Structural Review of NT DET Delivering the Goods 25 March 2009 28 Finding 19: A presumption that current system incapacity requires more personnel (We need more staff. While the general assumption through the system seems to be that any new initiatives require expansion of staffing, this issue is of particular concern to the review in relation to school level staffing. Where the need to lower student-teacher ratios was clearly identified by many schools, the reality of the current student-teacher ratios seems not to be recognised. Reports of high class sizes were noted by the review. At the same time, however, system data suggests very few schools face high student-teacher ratios in their overall staffing. This issue was sometimes noted in relation to efforts to better work with Indigenous students. Figure 4 below presents a graph of the current student-teacher ratios for schools in DET by the percentage of Indigenous students in those schools. What is clear in that graph is that only one school has an overall student-teacher ratio greater than 20, and the proportion of Indigenous students per school is marginally negatively correlated with student-teacher ratios. That is, as the proportion of Indigenous students per school increases, the student-teacher ratio per school decreases marginally. 0.00 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Percentage Indigenous Enrolment St ud en t-t ea ch er R at io (o n En ro lm en t) Figure 6: Student-Teacher Ratio (on enrolment) by Percentage Indigenous Enrolment, 2008 On the basis of these figures (provided by DET), it would appear that large class sizes are clearly avoidable, dependent on local curricular and school class arrangements. Finding 20: Reported acceptance of un-professional behaviours (Its as if being rude is accepted up here.) Although not common, there were a sufficient number of specific individuals reporting cases of overt bullying, covert racism, and a lack of professional behaviour, that the review must

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