Brotherhood of St Laurence

Growing up in an inclusive Victoria : Submission to the Victorian Government on the blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform / BSL

By: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Contributor(s): Horn, Michael
Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 20 p. PDFOther title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission on the Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School ReformSubject(s): Early Childhood | Early Childhood Education Victoria | Schools | Government | Government Policy | Children | Submissions | Education | Preschool Education | Inclusive Growth | Family & Early Years | Brotherhood of St LaurenceDDC classification: 362.7 GRO Online Resources: Electronic copy
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Government’s commitment to better integration of policies across early childhood and education as signalled by the newly established Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This integration opens up opportunities for targeted and sustained assistance to significantly improve the participation and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially Indigenous children. The Brotherhood also welcomes the continuing priority on strengthening educational achievement over the next five years through the proposed reform agenda. We strongly support the Government’s commitment to building the learning, skills and productivity of Victoria’s children and young adults. We therefore welcome the broad thrust of measures and investment announced in the 2008–09 State Budget. We support the three areas in the Blueprint on which the next phase of reform will focus: system development and reform, workforce reform and parent and community partnerships. We can see some acknowledgement of the important role that a child’s environment exerts on his or her development but there is not enough recognition of the impact of multiple disadvantage on children and the subsequent need for resources. We also have strong concerns regarding the lack of acknowledgment of the vital influence that social circumstances and more specifically social disadvantage exert on educational participation, commitment to learning and achievement. The social context of children and young people may include, for example, parents’ poor physical or mental health or learning disabilities, material deprivation, Indigenous or refugee background, homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Furthermore, there are other barriers that children and young people face in addition to those addressed in the discussion papers. These include learning difficulties and behavioural problems which impact strongly on educational participation and outcomes for individual students, as well as on the ability of teachers and schools to ameliorate the effects of disadvantage. May 2021

Item type Current library Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode
Electronic Brotherhood of St Laurence
Research report 362.7 GRO (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 303669
Book BSL Archives
2008.05 (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available

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