In 2014, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, hosted two roundtables to improve the education of students with disability and learning difficulties.
The roundtable on students with dyslexia in June 2014 focused on how to improve their education and also teachers’ understanding of students with dyslexia.
The August 2014 roundtable was about teacher education to better prepare them to work with this cohort. Discussions drew attention to the need for ongoing professional development to enable teachers to provide a quality education for all students.
Policy Roundtable on Students with Disability and Learning Difficulties focusing on Teacher Education
On 20 August 2014, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, hosted a policy roundtable discussion on students with disability and learning difficulties for stakeholders focussed on teacher education. This roundtable was the second roundtable discussion focused on improving the educational outcomes of students with disability and learning difficulties.
The roundtable was attended by members of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG). Other stakeholders were academics, representatives from education authorities, peak education bodies, disability/learning difficulties advocacy groups and selected schools and families of young people with disability.
The roundtable gave those present the opportunity to inform policy consideration of issues such as:
- how initial teacher education can best equip teachers entering the profession to support and drive strong outcomes for students with disability and learning difficulties; and
- how ongoing professional development can ensure that teachers in schools have access to up-to-date evidence and information on how to support this student cohort.
Policy Roundtable on Dyslexia
On 13 June 2014, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, hosted a policy roundtable discussion on issues affecting school students with dyslexia. The roundtable was attended by stakeholders, including academics, educators, principals, advocates, parents and young people.
The roundtable discussed support for students with dyslexia under three themes:
- understanding dyslexia
- creating dyslexia friendly learning environments
- empowering children and young people with dyslexia.
The roundtable gave participants an opportunity to provide the Minister with advice and feedback on knowledge of current research, teaching practice and educational impacts of dyslexia.