Expert panel to drive better results for teachers and students

Universities Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement of an expert panel to look at teacher education.

This is another step in the Government’s plan to address teacher shortages and retention issues and complements the national action plan also underway.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said it was great to see such dedicated moves by Minister Clare to bring all parties to the table to deliver for teachers and students.

“Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, helping shape the future of young people and setting them up to achieve their goals in life,” Ms Jackson said.

“It is time to stop bagging teachers and get on with the job of addressing real workforce issues.

“It is great to see government, universities, unions and industry working together to give students and teachers the best start.

“Working with the Deans of Education, Universities Australia has already put forward a number of practical solutions to attract and retain more of the best and brightest teachers, including paid internships and a degree apprenticeship system.

“These initiatives are aimed at making teaching more attractive and accessible, and giving teachers the experience, knowledge and skills they need to hit the ground running on day one of term one.

“The expert panel will complement the work to develop a National Teacher Workforce Action Plan, to which universities are making a significant contribution.

“We look forward to engaging with the expert panel, led by Professor Mark Scott.”

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