FRED NILE议员的提问： 在没有预先通知的情况下，我直接向幼儿早期教育部长，原住民事务部长，教育部长代表教育部长助理Robert Stokes先生提问如下： 相对于最近高中毕业证书的成功改革，部长是否将回应数以万计请愿民众的诉求：要求从中小学移除安全学校课程，并即刻以一个真正公认的反欺凌课程取而代之？
SARAH MITCHELL ( 幼儿早期教育部长，原住民事务部长，教育部长助理)的答复：
根据去年9月9日公立学校校长的报告， 120所注册安全学校联盟课程的学校中，有21所学校针对个人或在课堂以小组形式使用安全学校资源，在这些少数学校中，校长们表示安全学校资源主要用于支持教职人员的职业学习，帮助他们在为同性吸引和性别认知有问题的学生提供支持时履行法律义务。新州政府坚决承诺遵守澳大利亚和新州的法律，为所有学生提供安全、包容和高效的学习环境。 新州公立学校有法律义务保护和支持包括同性吸引及对性别有疑问的所有学生。
安全学校资源并未在任何新州小学课堂里使用。只有在需要提供个人支持和一对一辅导的情况下，小学方可使用安全学校的支持、资源和培训。由于同性吸引和性别认知疑问的孩子和年轻人受歧视，自残和自杀的比例较高，因此有众多旨在帮助学校减少恐同欺凌的社交包容课程，安全学校课程只是其中之一。 老师在使用任何安全学校资源前必须重新审查，确保每项资源的内容在年龄上适合相关的学生和/或年级小组。新州公校在使用安全学校资源前需要事先征求家长意见。 家长可拒绝让孩子参与任何与安全学校资源有关的课程。
议会已知悉由澳大利亚政府发起的针对安全学校联盟资源的审核。该审核由西澳大学教育系名誉教授 Bill Louden执行，旨在审核安全学校联盟资源是否适合学生使用及是否有效。作为对该审核结果的回应，政府已采取一系列措施，以保证该教程资源所有内容的年龄适用性，并要求参与的学校在执行教程和使用安全学校联盟在澳洲政府官方网站–the student Wellbeing Hub的资源前， 需要咨询家长意见。参与 该教程的新州公校校长们确认他们的学校已执行政府对此项教程的修正。
根据新州政府“当地学校由当地决策”的原则，新州公校校长是决定采用何种课程和资源来支持学生包括同性吸引学生的学习和健康发展之最佳人选。新州政府坚决承诺为所有学生提供安全包容和有效的学习环境。 因此，教育部为学校制定了“健康发展框架”。 新州公校需要根据计划的方案支持所有学生健康发展。该框架通过对学生健康发展更广泛的关注来支持学校执行以事实为依据、基础坚实的策略，以预防和保护为主，注重早期干预。该体系是新州政府的1.67亿元计划 – Supported Students, Successful Students 的一部分。这项计划包括一整套有效方案，在4年之内为新南威尔士州的公立学校提供额外支持，加强现有学校的学生健康成长服务。
Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE ( 16:21 :08 ): My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education, representing the Minister for Education, Robert Stokes. In view of the new successful Higher School Certificate reforms, will the Minister respond to the thousands of petitioners who have requested the removal of the Safe Schools program from primary and secondary schools and immediately replace the Safe Schools program with a recognised, genuine anti-bullying program?
The Hon. SARAH MITCHELL ( Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education) ( 16:21 :41 ): I thank the honourable member for his question. In relation to the Safe Schools program, I am advised that the Safe Schools resources have been developed by the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, a non-government organisation funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training. The New South Wales Government and the NSW Department of Education provide no funding for the use of Safe Schools Coalition Australia resources. The Safe Schools resources are optional resources that can be used by any Australian school in addressing student diversity. Safe Schools is not imposed on any school and does not form part of the New South Wales school curriculum.
Advice from the New South Wales public school principals as at 9 September last year is that 21 of the 120 registered schools report their school is using the Safe Schools resources with students in class in small groups or individually. In this small number of schools, principals have advised that Safe Schools resources are primarily used to support professional learning for staff to assist in meeting their legal obligations to support same‑sex‑attracted or gender-questioning students. The New South Wales Government is strongly committed to providing safe, inclusive and productive learning environments for all students within its Australian and State‑based legislative context. New South Wales public schools have legal obligations to protect and support all students, including those who are same-sex attracted or gender questioning.
The resources are not being used in any New South Wales public primary school classrooms. Primary schools can only access Safe Schools program support, resources and training if required for individualised support and one-on-one counselling. The program is one of many social inclusion programs available to schools to help reduce homophobic bullying because of the higher rates of discrimination, self-harm and suicide for this group of children and young people. Teachers in schools using any Safe Schools resources review each resource to ensure that it is age appropriate for the relevant student and/or year group. New South Wales public schools are required to consult with parents prior to using Safe Schools resources with students. Parents are able to decline their child’s participation in any lesson that includes Safe Schools resources.
The House will be aware of the Australian Government-initiated review of the appropriateness and efficacy of the resources generated by the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, which was conducted by Professor Bill Louden, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia. In response to the review, the Australian Government initiated actions related to reviewing all materials to ensure the age appropriateness of the program’s resources, participating schools needing to consult with parents before implementing the program and housing the official resources of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia on the Australian Government’s official website, the Student Wellbeing Hub. Principals of participating New South Wales public schools have confirmed that they have implemented the Australian Government changes.
In keeping with the New South Wales Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions, each New South Wales public school principal is best placed to make decisions about which programs and resources support the learning and wellbeing needs of their students, including students who identify as same-sex attracted. The New South Wales Government is strongly committed to providing safe, inclusive and productive learning environments for all students. That is why the Department of Education developed a wellbeing framework for schools. Public schools in New South Wales are required to have a planned approach to support the wellbeing of all students. A broad approach to wellbeing supports schools to implement evidence-based strategies that are strengths based, preventative, protective and focused on early intervention. The framework is complemented by the $167.2 million Supported Students, Successful Students initiative. This initiative provides a competency package of additional support for New South Wales public schools across New South Wales over four years, enhancing the wellbeing services already provided to schools.
Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
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