About the project
The Department of Education and Training is currently reviewing school provision in Docklands.
This is delivering on the State Government’s commitment to recommence education provision planning for Docklands residents.
The review covers the Docklands and the immediate surrounding suburbs of North Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne, Parkville and Flemington.
Stage One of the review assessed the level of need generated from the Docklands community for primary and secondary school education.
As part of Stage One, the Department undertook community consultation to explore local issues and perspectives.
A Community Reference Group has been formed to test project findings and share information with the community.This group includes a cross section of the community and key stakeholders.
The findings of Stage One indicate more capacity will be needed by 2031 to meet the expected increase in demand for Government primary and secondary school places.
The study found that although schools in the area have enough room to meet current demands, some areas are beginning to reach capacity. It also found that the location of schools means some areas are better catered for than others.
Stage Two of the review is now underway and will look at options to better meet the needs of Docklands families. This will include further consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
The following considerations have been identified for Stage Two of the review:
Look at options for how, where and when additional needs should be met in the future.
Consider interim options to provide access to primary and secondary education for Docklands families.
Consider issues highlighted by the community, notably relating to access and transport.
Consider how the schools currently accommodating Docklands families will be impacted by any new provision.
Consider the implications of maintaining a high reliance on relocatable classrooms in the long-term.
Following the completion of Stage Two the findings and options will be presented to the Minister for Education. The timing and execution will be subject to availability of funding and prioritisation of the project at a State level.
What is the School Provision Review for Docklands?
During the 2014 election campaign, the Government made a commitment to restart the planning process for a Docklands school, following on from the previously prepared feasibility study completed in 2012. In September 2015 the Department of Education and Training commissioned specialist consultants to work in collaboration with the Department to assess the need for both primary and secondary school provision in Docklands.
The review is being conducted over two stages. Stage One assessed the level of need generated from the Docklands community for both primary and secondary school education. Stage Two will look at developing options for how, where and when additional needs should be met in the future.
Following the completion of Stage Two the findings and options will be presented to the Minister for Education. Timing and execution will be subject to availability of funding and prioritisation of the project at a State level.
Allocations of funding for all new school projects and for existing schools are subject to the annual State Budget process alongside other state-wide infrastructure projects.
Why is the Department of Education and Training consulting with the community?
The Department is undertaking community consultation to ensure it makes the most informed decision about meeting both the primary and secondary education provision needs of current and future Docklands families.
The community consultation process is a two-way conversation focused on engaging the community through building strong positive relationships, informing the community on the relevant policy context, project limitations and opportunities, and testing and finalising the approach for determining need.
What is the purpose of the Community Reference Group?
As part of the review, the Department has established a Community Reference Group (CRG). The aim of the CRG is to act as a conduit for information between the Department, its consultants and the local community throughout the life of the project.
The CRG includes a cross section of the community including representatives from community groups, local schools and residents. The selection aims to closely reflect the diversity of the local population profile as well as the breadth of community interests and views.
What data was used as part of the School Provision Reviews?
The Stage One report includes a range of data from independent population experts, school level data and Department data. There is a range of analyses in the report which includes examination of historic enrolment trends and forecast population growth. The analysis in the report has been conducted by independent consultants with data expertise.
Who measures school enrolment data?
The Department undertakes a school census twice a year to monitor school enrolments. The first census occurs on the last school day in February. The second (mid-year or August census) occurs on the first Friday in August. The enrolment numbers for a school can differ between the February and August school census due to the movement of students over that period. This movement can include students moving to a different school either in the same sector or to a different sector.
What is school enrolment data used for?
Enrolment and other data from each government school are used for planning and reporting, allocating resources and input into the calculation of the Student Resource Package (SRP).
What is the source of data on the My School website?
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) works with schools and school authorities to collect data underlying the broad range of school information published on My School website each year. The Department provides enrolment data to ACARA for publishing on My School which is sourced from the mid-year (or August) school census.
Why are there differences between the sources of data?
Official data collected and stored by the Department may vary slightly from the school's own data or data reported by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), or refer to a different point in time, but in each instance the data is checked to ensure that any significant differences are investigated. ACARA uses enrolment data from the August school census for reporting on the My School website.
Why do projected government ‘demand’ figures for individual schools differ from ‘school enrolments’?
Local demand (sometimes referred to as the Demographic Demand Forecast) is a different measure than school enrolment data.
Demand data measures the number of children who currently (and are expected to) live in the local neighbourhood area of a particular school. This is a key data set used by the Department to plan for future school provision, as it provides an indication of the number of students who are entitled to attend a particular school, and minimises the variations experienced through enrolments, which may come from outside a school's local neighbourhood and may fluctuate due to a range of reasons.
School enrolment data captures all students enrolled at the local school who were eligible to be counted. This data includes students who travel from outside the local area.
Are decisions to invest in future school infrastructure based on ‘demand’ data or ‘school enrolment’ date?
The government looks at both data sets when making decisions about future school investment.
How is the Department supporting North Melbourne Primary School to deal with enrolment pressures?
The Department is providing eight extra classrooms in two new double-storey buildings at North Melbourne Primary School. The first of these new classrooms is currently being installed and will be ready for classes by the start of Term 3. This increased capacity will relieve immediate enrolment demand at North Melbourne Primary School.
The first building will be ready for classes in July and the second in August. The two buildings will provide 200 additional spaces at the school. These buildings will also provide teachers and students with modern learning environments, and deliver the facilities necessary for a first-class education.
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