Keeping Territory Kids Learning!
The Minister for Education today spoke about The Territory Labor Government and working to ensure Northern Territory students continue to receive a high quality education, while also supporting our dedicated teachers.
The Territory Government established a working group that includes the Department of Education, the Australian Education Union NT, the NT Principals’ Association, NT COGSO and the Office of the Commissioner of Public Employment to work through options for school staff as we approach the term break.
As the result of these discussions, and the Chief Minister’s work on the National Cabinet, the Territory Labor Government has decided the final four days of this school term – Monday, 6 April to Thursday, 9 April – will be professional development days for staff to prepare for the continued delivery of education in Term 2.
Students will not be required to attend during this time, however, schools will remain open for the children of workers who cannot make alternative arrangements and for any vulnerable children who may need to attend. No child will be turned away from school.
School will continue as usual next week but parents and families can choose to keep their children home if they wish. The advice of Australia’s top health experts is that schools continue to be safe, but that parents can make the choice that is best for their family.
These decisions will take pressure off our dedicated teachers, give principals more flexibility to manage their workforce and support teachers, and allow our educators more time to prepare for Term 2.
The Department of Education has been working to develop units of work for students to continue their learning in Term 2, whether that be at school or at home.
This includes learning resources and guidelines for families to enable them to take an active role in their child’s learning.
From the start of Term 2, these will be available online. Hard copies of these resources will be distributed to all government schools for every student across the Northern Territory to access.