Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group
The Australian Government has established a Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group to provide advice on how teacher education programmes could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom.
Terms of Reference
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group will provide advice to the federal Minister for Education on how teacher education programmes could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom.
Using an evidence-based approach, the Group will identify common components regarded as world’s best practice in teacher education with a particular focus on:
- Pedagogical approaches – Ways of teaching and learning, including assessing learning related to specific areas and matched to the capabilities of students
- Subject content - Knowledge and understanding of school subjects in the primary and secondary curriculum, particularly in relation to foreign languages and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and
- Professional experience (practicum) - Improved university and in-school professional experience opportunities for pre-service teachers and better support from experienced mentor teachers.
The Group will consider the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, as potential mechanisms to give effect to its recommendations for improvement to teacher education, as appropriate.
In making its recommendations, the Group will identify priorities for actions to improve teacher education and suitable implementation timeframes.
An independent consultant will be engaged to undertake evidence-based research and rigorous benchmarking of world’s best practice teacher education programmes against Australia’s own programmes to support the focus areas of the Group.
The Group will undertake public consultations, inviting written public submissions and hosting up to four national meetings with key stakeholders.
Consultations will include meeting with, at a minimum:
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
- Universities Australia and the Australian Council of Deans of Education
- Teacher employers and teacher regulatory bodies
- Key representative bodies of the education sector, and
- Relevant education experts.
Roles and responsibilities
The Department of Education will provide secretariat support to the Group and the Associate Secretary, Early Childhood, Schools and Youth will take an observer role in the Group.
The Group will report to the Minister for Education in mid-2014.