In a major speech the new Federal Education Minister, Alan Tudge, has outlined his 10 year vision for education in Australia.
Before doing so he indicated that in the coming weeks, the Australian Government will roll out new teaching materials on consent and respectful relationships through the Respect Matters program the Government launched in March 2019. In addition, through the Australian Curriculum review this year, he indicated that the Government will consider feedback on where there can be improvement in the teaching of these issues in schools, “understanding that schools and teachers are ultimately the best placed to determine age-appropriate teaching within the framework of the curriculum“.
The Minster indicated he would be taking to the next Education Ministers Meeting in April a 2030 target to be again amongst the top group of nations across the three major domains of reading, maths and science. He then went on to outline that his focus, and the Government’s focus, will be on three areas:
- quality teaching, particularly initial teacher education,
- curriculum, and
In addition, he indicated he will be leading a continued focus on indigenous students, particularly those in remote communities, whose level of educational attainment remains catastrophically poor.
We welcome the Minister’s obvious passion for educational improvement and look forward to working with the Government to ensure good policy outcomes across these areas.