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Forums To Boost Outcomes

Forums To Boost Outcomes

Forums To Help Boost Educational Outcomes For Regional Students

The state government has started a series of forums in regional Victoria with the aim of addressing the many challenges facing students outside of the metropolitan area.

Education Minister James Merlino established the Expert Advisory Panel for Rural and Regional Students to further understand why regional and rural students are falling behind their city counterparts and to make recommendations on how to address the issues that come from the forums.

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The panel, chaired by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority chief executive Dr David Howes, will make recommendations to inform initiatives and support needed to help regional and rural schools and students.

The forums are being held over the next two weeks and will be attended by local principals, students, regional education experts and representatives from local government, community organisations and other authorities.

One of these forums is being held in Warrnambool on Wednesday July 17.

Expert Advisory Panel for Rural and Regional Students chairperson Dr David Howes says he is excited to work with key education stakeholders in improving outcomes for students.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with regional communities to listen their ideas and find out what we can do to further address the challenges facing regional and rural students.”

Regional schools have trailed metropolitan schools across the country for more than a decade and the state government has worked to deliver a range of programs to support rural and regional students, including making every
VCE subject available to all students through virtual learning, expanding the School Breakfast Clubs Program and providing access to doctors for dozens of regional secondary schools.

Educators and community members can also make written submissions to the panel by visiting engage.vic.gov.au/regionalstudents.

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