Shergold review – supporting senior secondary students on a pathway to the future

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A topic close to the heart of our Urban School…

The Education Council (state, territory, Australian and NZ Government Ministers with portfolio responsibility for school education, early childhood and/or higher education) has commissioned a review of senior secondary pathways to examine how students can be supported to choose the best pathway into work, further education or training.

The review will be led by Professor Peter Shergold AC, and will provide advice and recommendations to Education Council on the skills and knowledge young people need to thrive beyond school. It will look at whether current arrangements are supporting students to make the best decisions for their future.

The panel brings together experts in school operations, industry, vocational education and training (VET), university entry requirements, student engagement and wellbeing, and the delivery of secondary education to disadvantaged students. The review panel includes:

• Chair – Professor Peter Shergold AC
• Professor Tom Calma AO
• Ms Sarina Russo
• Ms Patrea Walton
• Ms Jennifer Westacott AO
• Dr Don Zoellner
• Mr Patrick O’Reilly

Education Council Chair and Australian Government Minister for Education Dan Tehan said senior secondary education plays an important role in preparing young people for life beyond school.

“The review will help ensure senior secondary schooling is supporting our young people to make informed choices, and that they’re leaving school with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” Mr Tehan said.“

We must ensure that all pathways are equally valued, and that our young people can access a secondary education that can equally prepare them for work, VET or higher education. “I encourage key stakeholders with an interest in senior secondary education and our future workforce to take part.”

The Review is one of eight national policy initiatives under the National School Reform Agreement. The Review is informed by a recommendation from the 2018 report, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools.

The Review will report to the COAG Education Council in June 2020.

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