Although everyone wants to change the teacher, it’s time for the agents of educational reform to change themselves.
— Andy Hargreaves
Welcome. This section will be used to bring to your attention new schemes, plans and other information you may not necessarily have come into contact with. As someone once said - “Just the facts”. Use the information if you feel the items are of specific interest to you or you simply want to know more about some of the things currently happening within Australian education.
Teachers have been in the news for many reasons in recent times. The reasons range from concerns over safety [several reasons] to getting the “jab” quicker but especially the importance and value of their role in education, expectations and potential future shortages. To ensure high quality teachers in the future, the Australian Government has recently instituted a review designed to help ensure quality training of future teachers.
This comes under the title of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review. The review ‘aims to ensure that graduate teachers start their teaching career with the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to be successful teachers in any Australian school’. You can access the Terms of Reference, A Discussion Paper, make Submissions or Register ‘to receive updates and information about the Review, including to be notified about consultation opportunities’.
With Naidoc Week being held during the period 4-11 July 2021, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education will be one aspect to the fore in the same way as with the Closing the Gap program. A new book has just been published. It ‘traces the story of an Indigenous-only group credited with altering the course of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Australia’. Talking Strong, by Dr Leanne Holt. The National Aboriginal Education Committee is the core of the book. ‘This comprehensive history by Leanne Holt traces the journey of the committee and its members from its inception in the mid 1970s to its completion in 1989. In Talking Strong, Holt introduces us to the radical men and women, from all walks of life, who served on the committee’. It should prove fascinating reading.
The Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Study Report was released in January of this year. You can access it at the link above if you are interested and have not yet seen it. An even more interesting approach might be to see what Tom Karmel has said about it, after his long involvement in the area. You can access a reasonably brief summary of his thoughts here. You can always go back to the full report should you so wish, or even access Key Points here.
The expert view on digital transformation and skills is a podcast [approx. 40min.] in which ‘Fields spoke with three leaders in the sector involved in developing the report : Prof. Aleksander Subic [RMIT], Megan Lilly [AiG] and Paul Walsh [AIS]’. If you want to delve deeper in the contents of the report you can download a copy at https://digitalskillsformation.org.au.
The Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families has ‘launched an online consultation process to support the development of the first five-year implementation plan under the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children’. It opened on the 1st of June and runs until 26 July 2021. If interested, you can read the Public consultation information via this link and access further information on the engage.dss.gov.au page [listed under Current Consultations].
A reminder. To apply and secure your place in one of Australia’s top STEM outreach programs, click on the link provided
Applications close 2 July 2021.
There are currently a number of opportunities for people to provide feedback on specific educational matters. You may, or may not, be interested in doing so. For those interested, final dates for giving feedback are provided below.
Have Your Say : Education Engagement Strategy [Northern Territory]. Be aware, submissions must be made by Thursday 8 July 2021.
You can still provide input about proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum for Foundation – Year 10 [F–10].
Use the ‘The Australian Curriculum - Consultation website until 8 July 2021’.
Those interested in providing feedback about suggested major reforms to the Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP] still have time to read the Discussion Paper. Submissions close on 9 July 2021.
‘The school children pictured in front of the first school buses at Smithton State School. The first school bus from the school at Smithton, Tasmania, began its run in 1926. It had a canvas top to keep off the sun and rain. Once the bus runs commenced many of the smaller one teacher schools in the outlying districts of Circular Head closed and the children attended the Smithton State School’.
[LiNC Tasmania, eHeritage]
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