Multicultural Education Policy
This policy responds to the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of NSW. It commits schools to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.
- 1.Objectives - Policy statement
Schools foster student wellbeing and community harmony through the provision of programs and practices which counter racism and discrimination.
Schools provide teaching and learning programs that develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens.
Schools ensure inclusive teaching practices which recognise and respect the cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds of all students and promote an open and tolerant attitude towards cultural diversity, different perspectives and world views.
Schools provide programs that enable students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) to develop their English language and literacy skills so that they are able to fully participate in schooling and achieve equitable educational outcomes.
Schools deliver differentiated curriculum and targeted teaching and learning programs to address the specific learning and wellbeing needs of students from culturally diverse backgrounds, including newly arrived and refugee students.
Schools promote positive community relations through effective communication with parents and community members from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds and by providing opportunities for their active engagement in the life of the school.
- 2.Audience and applicability
This policy applies to all staff working in NSW Public Schools including NSW government schools, Educational Services teams and State Office. It also applies to students who attend NSW Government schools and has implications for each school community.
The cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of NSW is reflected in its students, staff and school communities. Approximately one third of all students in NSW Government schools come from language backgrounds other than English, both overseas and Australian born. These students speak over 230 different languages and hold a range of religious and spiritual beliefs.
The Multicultural NSW Act (2000) recognises and values the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of NSW. Under the Act, Multicultural NSW is legislated to act across government and across the whole community to promote diverse, cohesive and harmonious multicultural society with mutual respect for and understanding of cultural diversity.
The Multicultural principles contained within the Multicultural NSW Act (2000) provide the framework for the implementation of the Multicultural Education Policy.
- 4.Responsibilities and delegations
The Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance is responsible for ensuring the implementation and monitoring of the policy and the Department’s Multicultural Plan.
Executive Directors and Directors are responsible for examining practices and procedures that support NSW government schools to ensure that they are consistent with the policy.
Principals are responsible for ensuring that school policies and practices are consistent with the policy and for including multicultural education strategies in their school plans. They are also responsible for ensuring that the EAL/D Annual Survey is completed accurately to provide information on English language proficiency of students for resourcing purposes and to inform planning and support strategies in the Department’s Multicultural Plan.
All staff members are responsible for ensuring their practices are consistent with the policy.
The Leader Equity is responsible for publication and currency of the policy and support material, the provision of advice on the interpretation and implementation of the policy, and the development and implementation of the Department’s Multicultural Plan.
- 5.Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
The Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance will report, through the Department’s Annual Report and the Multicultural Policies and Services Program (MPSP) Report, on progress in implementing the policy and the Department’s Multicultural Plan.
The Leader Equity will monitor the implementation of the policy and the Department’s Multicultural Plan and coordinate reporting on achievements in multicultural education through the NSW Public Schools MPSP Report and MPSP Appendix of the Department’s Annual Report.
Executive Directors and Directors will report annually, through their contributions to the Department’s MPSP Report, on progress in implementing the policy and the Department’s Multicultural Plan.
The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation through the Statistics Unit will report annually on numbers of students from language backgrounds other than English in government schools.
Schools will report annually on achievements in multicultural education in their Annual School Reports.
Leader, Equity (02) 9244 5533.
Document history and details
Deputy Director-General, Schools
Web publication date
English as a Second Language: Guidelines for schools
Multicultural Education Policy Statement, 1983 (ISBN-0-7240-8417-7)
It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of this document, located at:
https:/ / www.det.nsw.edu.au/ policies/ student_serv/ equity/ comm_rela/ PD20050234.shtml
Reference No.: PD/2005/0234/V01