The Australian Government knows that having well trained and knowledgeable teachers provides the foundation for a strong, high quality education system in Australia. Quality teaching is one of the keys to driving student outcomes. Broadly Australia has a high quality teaching workforce, however there continues to be room for improvement.
Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report was released on 13 February 2015.
The Report focuses on changes to initial teacher education that are practical and achievable. The proposed reforms centre on five themes:
- Stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
- Rigorous selection for entry to teacher education courses
- Improved and structured practical experience for teacher education students
- Robust assessment of graduates to ensure classroom readiness
- National research and workforce planning capabilities
The Advisory Group’s 38 recommendations seek to achieve improvements in both the content and delivery of initial teacher education courses in Australia.
Information on the Literacy and Numeracy Test, one of Advisory Group’s recommendations, is now available.
Download the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report
Australian Government response
The Australian Government has considered the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report and released its response. The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group – Australian Government Response was released on 13 February 2015 and is available to download.
The government has provided $16.9 million in additional funding over the next four years to implement the Australian Government’s response to the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers report.
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, established on 19 February 2014, was chaired by Professor Greg Craven and supported by Professor Kim Beswick, Mr John Fleming, Mr Trevor Fletcher, Ms Michelle Green, Dr Ben Jensen, Professor Eeva Leinonen and Professor Field Rickards.
The Advisory Group undertook an extensive consultation process, received over 170 submissions and reviewed wide-ranging evidence and international best practice to reach their conclusions and recommendations.
Submissions are now available online.
Research commissioned by the Advisory Group is also available.