EAL/D ISSUES - SCHOOLS

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ACTA SUBMISSION to the INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT SETTLEMENT OUTCOMES May 2017

ACTA has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes. The ACTA submission addresses all of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference, specifically focussing on English language provision, examples of best practice, the importance of English language ability on prospective migrant outcomes, and social engagement of “youth migrants”. Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - Media Room page.

ACTA SUBMISSION to the Productivity Commission's INQUIRY ON THE NATIONAL EDUCATION EVIDENCE BASE Oct 2016

ACTA’s submission responded to the Commission’s September 2016 draft report and was forwarded to the Commission on 18th October. 

ACTA submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry on the National Education Evidence Base

and can also be found along with submissions from other organisations and individuals on the Commission’s website.
 
Our submission focuses on the long-standing issue of the serious gap in national data collection and reporting in relation to the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) student target group. As a subgroup of the larger population of students from language Backgrounds other than English (LBOTE), students for whom acquisition of English is essential for participation and achievement in the Australian Curriculum can only be identified on the basis of their levels of English Language Proficiency.
 
ACTA President, Michael Michell, and Secretary, Margaret Turnbull, presented at the Public Hearing in Sydney on Oct 20th and discussed ACTA’s submission before the two Commissioners.  Michael says, "I think we made a strong case for the necessity and adoption of a national framework for assessing English language proficiency need to rectify the ‘invisibility’ of the EAL/D student target group and the associated policy and planning vacuum at the national level. The Commissioners had read ACTA’s submission, asked pertinent questions and listened intently to what we had to say."  Transcripts of the Public Hearings are also on the Commission's website.

The Education Evidence Base Inquiry final report was sent to Government on 9 December 2016 and publicly released on 24 May 2017.
This report is about seeking ways to address the challenge of what data to collect and how to use it to support the generation of evidence about what works best in education, and the application of this evidence to inform decision making.

EAL/D MANAGERS MEETING at the ACTA Conference April 2016

A biannual round-table forum for state and territory EAL/D Program Managers and curriculum officers was held at the 2016 'DIVERSITY: exchanging ways of being' Conference in in Perth in Aprill.

This closed-meeting forum provided the opportunity for representatives from all states and territories and sectors, along with their state and territory association representatives, to network, discuss pertinent and pressing issues for EAL/D across Australia, and address common issues of concern.

For further information, please contact the ACTA Secretary.
 

ACTA SUBMISSION LOW SOCIAL ECONOMIC STATUS (SES) FUNDING September 2014 

In July, ACTA was invited to attend a consultation with the Australian Government Department of Education on the Students with Disability and English Language Proficiency loadings and the Review of the Low Socio-Economic Status loading.  Following consultation with members, ACTA submitted this report to the Department at the end of September.  We would like to thanks all those who contributed as well as the Department of Education for their consideration of our concerns.

 

ACTA SUBMISSION APRIL 2014 SENATE INQUIRY INTO SCHOOL FUNDING

ACTA Council has submitted a response to the Australian Parliament Senate Select Committee on School Funding inquiry. To read the submission which draws on the recent ACTA survey into school EAL visit the Senate Committee website

The ACTA Submission is number #74.

Please note: Once a committee has authorised the release of a submission, subsequent publication of it is protected by parliamentary privilege. Please do not download and forward the submission to others but refer them to the above website.

 

ACTA 2014 EAL/D SCHOOLS SURVEY REPORT AVAILABLE 

Download a copy of the report from our Surveys page

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