Help shape future of regional education

June 19, 2017

Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed enocurages input into the Shepparton Education Plan.

Victorian Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed is urging the community to have their say on the once-in-a-generation Shepparton Education Plan this month.

The Victorian Department of Education and Training want to hear ideas, perspective and feedback from everyone in the local community whether they are young people, parents, educators, residents, former students, employers or business owners.

Several workshops for students, principals, teachers and the wider community, such as special needs and Koori groups, will also be held this year.

The 10-year education plan tailored for Shepparton was announced before this year’s Victorian state budget where $1million will go towards completing the plan, which aims to improve education outcomes from early childhood to secondary school and beyond.

Ms Sheed is chairing the advisory group with DET regional director Judy Rose, while the Victorian School Building Authority is leading the planning stage.

‘‘It’s been a long time since education has been reviewed here and this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to look at education in our region and come up with strategies that suit our community,’’ Ms Sheed said.

‘‘I hope the community can engage as fully as it can in anyway asked of it through their comments, plans and understandings of what education should look like in Shepparton. The focus at this stage is particularly on secondary education.

‘‘Victorian School Building Authority has short time frames to get a plan in place by October to inform next year’s Victorian state budget.

‘‘We have been told by the government we have a blank slate and we can consider a broad range of options and we will have access to a number of experts in the area.’’

Ms Sheed said the broader community should have a say because early indications showed there was a mismatch between educational outcomes and their connection to jobs available in the area.

‘‘Local principals and teachers have already started visiting a number of secondary schools, such as Templestowe College, that have reinvented how they approach schooling,’’ she said.

The timeline shows June is the first community engagement phase of the plan with further community engagement again in August before a report on the consultation phase is expected to be released late this year or early next year.

The general public is welcome to register for a workshop at the Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham St, Shepparton, from 6.30pm on Thursday, June 29, or complete an online survey or join the comment board via the website

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