Policy roundtables

Two policy roundtables were hosted in 2014 by the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

Support for students with dyslexia

This roundtable in June 2014, supported by a Discussion Paper, covered three themes:

  • understanding dyslexia
  • creating dyslexia friendly learning environments
  • empowering children and young people with dyslexia.

It included presentations from leading Australian academics and from school principals implementing dyslexia-friendly practices:

  • Professor Anne Castles, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.
  • Dr Nola Firth, Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
  • Mitchell Mackay, Principal, John Curtin College of the Arts
  • Sally Menadue, Principal, O’Sullivan Beach School.

It was attended by academics, educators, principals, advocates, parents, young people and other stakeholders. They gave the Minister advice and feedback on knowledge of current research, teaching practice and educational impacts of dyslexia.

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Teacher education and students with disability and learning difficulties

Discussions at this roundtable in August 2014 focused on the need for ongoing professional development to enable teachers to provide a quality education for all students.

The roundtable gave those present the opportunity to inform policy consideration of issues such as how:

  • initial teacher education can best equip teachers entering the profession to support and drive strong outcomes for students with disability and learning difficulties, and
  • ongoing professional development can ensure that teachers in schools have access to up-to-date evidence and information on how to support this student cohort.

It was attended academics, representatives from education authorities, peak education bodies, disability/learning difficulties advocacy groups and selected schools and families of young people with disability.

It was also attended by members of the Minister’s Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, established in February 2014. This group released its report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, in February 2015.

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