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School Education Advisory Committees


As of 1 July 2015 the Education Act 2004 was amended to allow the Minister to establish school education advisory committees as required to advise the Minister about school education or related matters for a specified period.

Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee

On Tuesday 19 March 2019, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA, established the Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee

About the Members

Terms of Reference

What is the role of the advisory committee?

The advisory committee has been established by the Minister to provide advice to the Government on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT Government school by reviewing current policies, procedures and processes.

What activity will the advisory committee undertake?

The advisory committee will have discretion as to how it conducts the review.

It will have the opportunity to consider the findings of the Schools for All Report and other relevant and contemporary reviews and reports and will have access to draw on the advice of other experts and stakeholders.

The implementation of the Positive Behaviours for Learning and other targeted interventions that support the Safe and Supportive Schools policy will also be made available to the advisory committee.

Who is on the committee?

The advisory committee will be chaired by Ms Sue Chapman and will include members from a wide variety of education stakeholder groups.

Role

Member

Chair

Sue Chapman

Deputy Chair

and Member

Chris Redmond

Member

Dr Sue Packer

Member

Dennis Yarrington

Member

Nick Maniatis

Member

Kirsty McGovern-Hooley

Member

Barbara Causon

Member

Philippa Godwin

For full bios on each of the members please click here.

How was the committee chosen?

The members of the advisory committee were chosen by the Minister as they represent a broad stakeholder group and bring extensive expertise and knowledge to the process.

How can I contribute?

The advisory committee will look at issues that have been brought to the Minister’s and Directorate’s attention over recent months. The advisory committee will consider a number of case studies to ensure the focus is on strengthening the system as a whole.

Why is the committee not looking at any new incidents and only at some old ones?

The advisory committee will focus on the systems currently in place to address violence and bullying in schools. Past incidents will be made available to the advisory committee.

When will the advisory committee provide their findings?

The advisory committee will deliver its final report to the Minister in August. A status update will also be provided to the Minister in May.

Will the community have access to the report?

The final report will be released to the community.

What is the Schools for All Report?

In May 2015, the ACT Minister for Education and Training, Ms Joy Burch MLA, established an Expert Panel (the Panel) to review policy and practice in all ACT schools in regard to students with complex needs and challenging behaviour and provide a report, including findings and recommendations, through the Minister, to a Select Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly. A full copy of the report is available here.

What is the Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) program?

Positive Behaviours for Learning is an evidence-based whole-of-school program aimed to improve learning outcomes for all students. It provides a comprehensive, integrated whole-school approach to student wellbeing and behaviour.

This approach involves the school community – staff, students and families – working together so students can make the most of their learning opportunities and respect the learning needs of others so that all can achieve their personal best. The program establishes clear expectations for everyone of what is appropriate behaviour to be able to continue with the core business of schools: learning.

To date, more than 60 per cent of ACT public schools (51) have started their PBL journey, including primary, high schools, specialist schools and colleges.

For more information see the Positive Behaviours for Learning page

About the Members

Sue Chapman

Sue Chapman

As Chair of the School Education Advisory Committee – Safe and Supportive Schools, Ms Chapman will lead the advisory committee to provide advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school. Additionally, as Chair, Ms Chapman will lead the advisory committee in advising the Minister on opportunities to strengthen practises in schools and the Education Support Office that give effect to the Safe and Supportive Schools Policy.

Ms Chapman’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Chris Redmond

Chris Redmond

As Deputy Chair of the School Education Advisory Committee – Safe and Supportive Schools, Mr Redmond will draw on his background and experiences as a leader in the community sector to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Mr Redmond’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Dr Sue Packer

Dr Sue Packer

As a member of the advisory committee, Dr Packer will bring her background and experience in child health and wellbeing to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Dr Packer’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Dennis Yarrington

Dennis Yarrington

As a member of the advisory committee, Mr Yarrington will bring his background and experience as an ACT Public School Principal and President of the Australian Principals Association to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Mr Yarrington’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Nick Maniatis

Nick Maniatis

As a member of the advisory committee, Mr Maniatis will bring his background and experience as a current ACT Public School teacher to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Mr Maniatis’ relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Kirsty McGovern-Hooley

Kirsty McGovern-Hooley

As a member of the advisory committee, Ms McGovern-Hooley will bring her background and experience as the President of the ACT Council of Parents and Citizen’s Association to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Ms McGovern-Hooley’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Philippa Godwin

Philippa Godwin

As a member of the advisory committee, Ms Godwin will bring her background and experience in social services to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Ms Godwin’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include:

Barbara Causon

Barbara Causon

As a member of the advisory committee, Ms Causon will bring her experience as a Wiradjuri woman, a parent to a child with intellectual and physical disabilities and her extensive background in Indigenous affairs to support the Chair in providing advice to the Minister on opportunities for strengthening safe and supportive school culture in every ACT government school.

Ms Causon’s relevant key skills, experience, qualifications and awards include: