The first step to achieving a quality education, which is so critical for the future of young Australians and our nation, is to lift the quality, professionalisation and status of the teaching profession.
Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students
The Australian Government believes that strong personal literacy and numeracy skills are an essential part of the personal attributes and skills needed to be an effective teacher in the classroom. To assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers, the Government is implementing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (the test).
The first phase commenced in late August 2015, with up to 5000 students having the opportunity to participate.
The intention of the test is that from 1 July 2016, all initial teacher education students will have been assessed as having the high level personal literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the demands of teaching. Any degree that enables students to gain registration to teach in a school setting will need to include meeting the standard of the test.
The test is available in set windows throughout the year. The next sitting is in November-December 2016, with registrations open from 2-16 November 2016 on the test administrator’s website https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/.
Initial teacher education students pay to sit the test. Each component is $92.50; or $185 for both components.
See Sample Test Questions for more information.
Please email LiteracyandNumeracyTest@education.gov.au if you have any further questions.
Agriculture in Education Programme
On 3 July 2014 the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced $2 million over two years for the Agriculture in Education programme.
The programme will help teachers better understand the products and processes associated with food and fibre production and ensure that all students have an opportunity to understand their importance in the Australian economy. It will support effective implementation of the Australian Curriculum through online teacher support materials and additional curriculum resources.
More information about the programme is available on the Agriculture in Education web page.
Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme
On 1 July 2014 the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced a $22 million grant for Good to Great Schools Australia to help improve the literacy results of children in remote primary schools.
The grant will assist Good to Great Schools Australia in introducing the alphabetic teaching approaches of Direct Instruction and Explicit Instruction into classrooms in remote primary schools.
Direct Instruction provides step by step lessons that focus on skill mastery and grouping students by ability rather than age.
With Explicit Instruction teachers focus on explanations, demonstrations, feedback and practice until the skill is mastered.
For information go to the Programme Guidelines.
Further information about the programme, will be published in the coming months.
Teach for Australia Programme
On 22 June 2014 the Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced an increase of $22 million in funding for the Teach for Australia programme.
The Teach for Australia programme aims to fast-track high-calibre non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged schools through an intensive training programme that leads to a post-graduate teaching qualification.
More information about the programme is available on the Teach for Australia website.
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group was established on 19 February 2014 to provide advice on how teacher education courses could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the right mix of academic and practical skills needed for the classroom.
The Advisory Group’s report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, was released on 13 February 2015.
More information about the Advisory Group, including the report, is available on the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group page.