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Monday, 15 June 2015 17:35

Regional Plan to Boost Education Outcomes

A regional action plan to improve the Great South Coast’s education attainment rates has been released.

The plan, developed as part of the 'Beyond the Bell' Collective Impact initiative, identifies where the region will focus its efforts over the next three years, including how it will measure success and what actions need to be taken.

Great South Coast Group Chair Cr Colin Ryan said a long-term community effort was needed to change the outcomes for our young people.

"Beyond the Bell recognises that the way we do things now is not working," Cr Ryan said. "But there is no simple solution and it will literally take our entire community – including all tiers of government – to effect change."

"The Great South Coast Group's education attainment rates are the lowest in the State and our young people deserve better. It's up to us to make sure they get a better go," said Cr Ryan.

Beyond the Bell is a long-term initiative that took account of the varied and often complex factors that affected educational outcomes.

To date, hundreds of people across the region had been involved in the development of the regional plan and six local community action plans - one in each of the six Great South Coast local government areas.

Cr Ryan said the regional plan singled out focus areas for action.

Themes included the need to improve early years literacy, the importance of parental support, school attendance, transitioning between kindergarten and primary school and beyond to secondary school.

"Achieving Year 12 or equivalent today is increasingly recognised as the minimum level of education needed to go on to further study or to enter the workforce," Cr Ryan said.

"Yet, too many of our young people will never be given the chance to reach this critical benchmark – it's is difficult to imagine a more important initiative for our region."

Additional information, copies of Beyond the Bell Regional Action Plan and the Local Community Action Plans is available from the Beyond the Bell project page.

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