In June 2018, the Minister for Education called for an independent review into the Victorian College for the Deaf in response to concerns raised by the school community.

The review was overseen by a panel which included representatives from the Deaf and hard of hearing community and was led by an independent chair, Ms Veronica Pardo.

This review has provided a unique opportunity for the school and broader community to come together to develop and deliver a shared vision for the College’s future. This includes the educators and specialist support staff, parents and carers, extended family members, students, service providers, peak bodies, and the broader community who help support and contribute to lifelong achievements for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Report and Findings

The report submitted by Ms Pardo in April 2019 details the analysis and findings collected through a series of stakeholder meetings, a community workshop and an online survey, and provides a set of recommendations aimed to position the College for success.

The report highlights that more needs to be done to improve student outcomes and their aspirations. This will be a significant focus for the Department and the school leadership team in the coming years.

The Department of Education and Training has accepted all of the report’s recommendations, and has been working to develop an action plan in consultation with the College to act on these recommendations.

Ms Pardo’s report also found that there are a number of broader systemic challenges in the education of Deaf and hard of hearing students including teacher education and pathways which will be the subject of further work by the Department.

Conclusion

There is a ‘universal hope that the College could be supported to grow and thrive as a centre of excellent practice in the education of Deaf children and as a focal point for connection with the Deaf community’.

The Department supports this view and is committed to working as partners with the school and broader community to develop and deliver a shared vision for the College’s future.

For more information on the review email: swvr@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information see:

  • Minister’s Foreword and Summary Report pdf | docx
  • Statement from the Department of Education and Training pdf | docx

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