ATESOL supports the review into funding for EAL/D (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) students

Jan 1, 2012 | Advocacy | 0 comments

Currently 40 per cent of eligible EAL/D students are not receiving targeted English language support in ACT Public Schools. Early in 2012 ATESOL members attended a meeting held at HBCTL and provided input into the review of funding. Committee members from ATESOL ACT also met with AEU representatives and local politicians to discuss the lack of funding and resourcing for EAL/D students in our system and the long term implications not only for the students but their families and the community as a whole. Our continued interaction with all political parties meant that EAL/D was kept on the agenda and we believe there is now a solid commitment for additional funding in this area. The way that the funding is allocated has still not been determined. If it is not used to specifically target these students, we will need to continue this work. It will remain at the top of our priority list and will look forward to your continued input on this matter.