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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 9 Terms of Reference OVERALL OBJECTIVE To refocus the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (DET) to more efficiently deliver the Governments commitments to improved school attendance and levels of literacy and numeracy and meet future challenges in education. BACKGROUND The Department of Education and Training (DET) aims to continually improve education outcomes for all students, with a focus on Indigenous students. We are committed to the principle of lifelong learning for all Territorians, regardless of age, gender or location. The Department administers 150 government schools with total enrolments of approximately 33,000 students. DET employs over 3700 full-time teachers and support staff. Education was allocated a record budget of $636 million in the 2007 08 financial year. The Little Children are Sacred Report August 2007 identified education as the key driver in improving wellbeing for remote Indigenous children and in closing the gap of remote Indigenous disadvantage. The Closing the Gap education initiatives reflect this priority SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES Assess the effectiveness of the Group School and Cluster organisational models for Northern Territory schools. Evaluate the effectiveness of the structure, reporting arrangements and support mechanisms provided to schools by DET in providing efficient and effective service delivery at schools. Consider the adequacy of teaching and learning programs being delivered in urban and regional, remote and very remote schools and learning centres. Comment on the appropriateness of performance targets and measurement tools and the adequacy of data capture systems and information management capability. Examine the effect of a range of Australian Government funded programs delivered in urban, regional and remote Northern Territory schools and the likely future needs to support the Australian Governments education revolution.. Make recommendations about the most appropriate supporting mechanisms, management systems and delivery models to ensure effective services outcomes. To identify priority areas requiring specific support and strengthen a regional approach to supporting schools. SCOPE The review will be evidence based. The scope of the work requires the consultant to consider the relationship between and the value provided by the activities of the DET Departmental arrangements and the delivery of services to schools and the impact on learning outcomes.

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