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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 40 PBS 3d: Establish an evaluation of the Group School organisational model (with rigorous longitudinal formative and summative features and focusing on growth in student participation, retention and achievement, with specific reference to Indigenous students educational outcomes). Current analyses of Group School models are insufficient to provide a strong basis for evaluation of this alternative structure. School reviews of the schools in this structure should be given immediate priority, establishing base-line data for a longitudinal evaluation of that structure. Comparative analysis of the school results of schools within this structure, relative to comparable schools not in the structure would be possible building from other school review data. THEME THREE: Strengthening Organisational Capacity through improved recruitment and retention of staff It is clear that one of the continuing major challenges for DET is the recruitment and retention of staff. Although a full analysis of the extent of these challenges was limited due to a lack of confidence in data provided on this issue, local reports from schools, principals and regions universally identified this area of concern. Many of the structural concerns that mitigate DETs attempts to meet this challenge, identified by the review, have been addressed above. These included: 1. required improvements in timely and consistent contracting and remuneration of staff (to be addressed in improved cross-agency coordination); and, 2. the benefits of regionalising recruitment, induction, review and professional support, (where tailoring of these functions closer to the coal face will assist in their timeliness and relevance). In addition to these improvements, the review also identified two major recommendations to assist DET in its recruitment and retention of staff. Recruitment and Retention of Staff Recommendation 1 (RRS1): Establish system wide, measurable targets based on long term objectives and goals for the retention and achievement of teachers, principals and other school personnel. Once clear identification and analysis of staffing data is available and validated, it will be possible to then establish realistic long term and short term targets for retention and achievement of staff (achievement based on performance reviews for principals, probation success rates, etc for teachers). Analysis of this data requires augmentation, with additional insight to be provided by exit interviews and triangulation with other relevant indicators, such as work-cover and stress leave data. Strategies for increased recruitment are already known to regional staff, but evaluation of past practices is limited until centralised analysis of performance data is possible. Recruitment and Retention of Staff Recommendation 2 (RRS2): Further improve system wide performance in timely delivery of human resource requirements and remuneration to teachers, principals and other school personnel. While problems with the contracting and timely remuneration of teachers have been identified and are known to the system, future address of these concerns also requires the central