Busy Term 1
Since our first newsletter, Term 1 has seen Parents Victoria very busy with stakeholder consultations, reviews, forums, feedback opportunities, regular meetings including with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education the Hon James Merlino MP and the Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood and School Education Group, Katy Haire. Parents Victoria values these opportunities as they provide opportunity to give a parent perspective. Note the Department (DET) kicked off the new operative Regional structure with additional support staff from March 1 and Central Office has just finalised their new organisation structure effective from April 4, 2016. Parents Victoria has some further meet and greet meetings over the school holidays due to these changes under the Education State Reform.
The Complaints Management work which we reported on in Newsletter # 1 2016, continues with Parents Victoria attending several meetings through Term 1 as the government investigates an independent mechanism for complex complaints. DET has welcomed Parents Victoria to recommend to parents where helpful, re access to a Mediation service provider. Parents Victoria continues to make suggestions re how to expedite complaints to protect and support families where relationships between the parent/s have broken down with the school. For further information please contact the Office.
In Term 2 we hope to put a lot of energy into our aim of "advancing the agenda of the parent-school partnership". This might involve visiting schools and their parent communities / parent clubs to discuss how this can work for the benefit of everyone at the school. As always, we welcome the opportunity to visit your school, so please contact us if you are interested. We can run sessions for multiple schools if you are keen for a cluster or network approach.