Boys and Girls Education

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Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy : 

Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy Orientation

Introduction : 

Introduction The Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy will support schools to foster success for boys and girls at school and beyond. This presentation provides a brief overview of the Strategy and the support document, Leading the way in school and classroom practice.

Background : 

Background The Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy (2008) replaces the Girls and Boys at School: Gender Equity Strategy (1996) as the key document to support schools and regions address gender as an educational issue. The Strategy supports schools and regions to build on practices they have already developed to address boys’ and girls’ educational issues. The Strategy is founded on current Australian research about factors that impact on the learning and social outcomes of groups of boys and girls.

Key Changes : 

Key Changes Terminology change from Gender Equity to Boys’ and Girls’ Education Reinforces Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act (1984) and NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (1977) Links to current Department policies and practices Provision of comprehensive, action based support document to assist in ongoing implementation

Key features of the Strategy : 

Key features of the Strategy 6 objectives 3 school focus areas Suggested actions Additional copies of this page can be downloaded at https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/lists/directoratesaz/equity/boysgirlsedu.htm .

Objectives : 

Objectives The Strategy identifies six objectives, providing a strategic framework for schools and regions to address boys’ and girls’ education. These objectives come from a strong research base and are congruent with the outcomes of the previous strategy.

School focus areas : 

School focus areas The Strategy highlights three areas for schools and regions to focus their work in addressing boys’ and girls’ education: Teaching and learning Schools focusing on effective, inclusive teaching practices that improve the learning outcomes of boys and girls Social Support Schools promoting DET core values to ensure supportive and inclusive learning environments Home, school and community partnerships Schools collaborating with students, parents and communities to address boys’ and girls’ education

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The focus areas are interrelated and take account of everyone within the school community. Aspects of the Strategy will be addressed in each focus area over time. Each focus area is supported by a list of priorities, which are further developed in the support document

Context for implementation : 

Context for implementation The Strategy’s implementation takes place in the context of school planning, accountability and curriculum requirements. The Strategy will support schools and regions in addressing the DET Corporate Plan priorities: S4 increasing levels of attainment of all students S5 more students complete Year 12 or equivalent training https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/strat_direction/corporate/detcorpplan08.pdf

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The focus areas of the Strategy are interrelated, and identify where schools can direct their work when implementing the Strategy. The programs implemented through the focus areas will support schools work towards the six Strategy objectives. The Strategy supports schools within the context of planning considerations. More information about this diagram can be found on page 5 of the Leading the way in school and classroom practice support document.

Leading the way in school and classroom practice support document : 

Leading the way in school and classroom practice support document The Strategy is accompanied by the support document Leading the Way in school and classroom practice. The support document plays a key role in ensuring that schools’ implementation of the Strategy is linked to school plans and focused on student outcomes. https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/lists/directoratesaz/equity/boysgirlsedu.htm

Key features of the Support Document : 

Key features of the Support Document Key research in boys’ and girls’ education has informed the Strategy A variety of practical suggestions for activities in each school focus area Links to other Department programs, research and resources Comprehensive matrix to support planning, implementation and evaluation Additional ideas to support self-reflection and ongoing improvement

Informing parents : 

Informing parents Parents can access the Strategy at the Department’s internet website A parent information sheet will also be available to download. This will provide parents with key information about the Strategy.

Implementation of the Strategy : 

Implementation of the Strategy Initial implementation of the Strategy will involve orientation, professional learning, analysis of current practices and planning. Ongoing implementation of the Strategy will involve continued analysis of data, reflection and evaluation of programs and practices.

Starting the implementation process : 

Starting the implementation process The initial implementation phase of the Strategy will involve professional learning and analysis of current practices. Schools are encouraged to use a team approach to embed the Strategy into programs and practices within the school plan. Students, parents and the community should play an important role in the implementation and evaluation of the Strategy.

Support for implementation : 

Support for implementation Additional support materials, including a professional learning package will be available at the Boys’ and Girls’ Education Intranet page: https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/lists/directoratesaz/equity/boysgirlsedu.htm The Regional Coordinator, Equity Programs and Distance Education in each region will be able to provide additional support to schools in the implementation of the Strategy.

For more information : 

For more information For more information about the Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy, please contact: Rani Lewis-Jones Manager Priority Schools and Equity Coordination Telephone: (02) 9244 5270 Rani.lewis-jones@det.nsw.edu.au

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