Policy Officer, Maclaren Wall, reports on Council’s recent involvement in the formation of a new gifted and talented education policy for ACT public schools.

Marina Glover, from Mental Illness Education ACT, describes a recently re-launched program to get girls feeling positive about their bodies.

Would you like to see changes in the way our schools work? Would you like your voice to be heard? The network of Council delegates for P&C associations is an effective way for the views of parents to be heard by decision makers. Make sure your school is linked in!

The Education Directorate is running a morning workshop on Wednesday July 2 to provide expert advice to parents of children with learning difficulties on the ways iPads can support them in their early years. The workshop will cover top iPad tips and Apps for literacy, other subjects and for supporting behaviour and organisational and social skills. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 26 on 62072331 to attend.

From January next year, the Education and Training Directorate will no longer provide early intervention programs and supports. These programs will be delivered, instead, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Australian Council of State School Organisations, ACSSO, is Australia’s peak parent body. It  believes more needs to be done to protect the digital privacy of our children. Accordingly, they have called for stricter privacy requirements to prevent technology companies from tracking students’ online activities for advertising or other profiling purposes. ACSSO is increasing concerned about the practice of technology companies mining student data in schools for potential marketing purposes. This is their message about the issue to school parents:

Council’s long and dedicated work as an advocate for parents of students with a disability was recognised at the end of 2013.

Claire Miller of KidsMatter explains how an in-school program is improving the lives of young children. Because mental health really matters.

Keeping canteens financially viable while serving healthy food is a challenge for many schools. Luckily, Council is here to help.