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Support for national teacher education reforms

 

 

Education leaders from all states and territories will progress national reforms to improve the quality of graduate teachers to ensure they are classroom ready.

This announcement comes after a national summit was held in Canberra on 26 June 2018, convened by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group’s (TEMAG’s) Action Now report.

This comes days after Education Council – whose members comprise all education ministers – announced AITSL’s new responsibilities to lead certain aspects of the initial teacher education (ITE) reform agenda with key partners.

Lisa Rodgers, AITSL CEO, said the organisation is committed to supporting the national reforms so Australian school students have a teacher that is classroom ready from day one.

“After last week’s Education Council decisions and today’s productive forum, I believe we are in a position to further strengthen the teacher education reforms,” Ms Rodgers said.

“As a collective, there is real momentum across universities, schools, teacher regulatory authorities; and all ministers, state and territory systems and sectors to reach the rigorous standards we all want teaching courses to meet.”

Education Council last week agreed to a series of amendments to the national accreditation standards for ITE programs, providing AITSL with greater scope to help key decision makers in each jurisdiction meet the standards.

Among them was for AITSL to lead a standard setting process, to establish what it means to meet the accreditation standards; and to lead benchmarking (in cooperation with all jurisdictional authorities) of the passing standard between different teaching performance assessments (TPAs).