2018 ended and 2019 began with much political attention focused on education.
The Status of Teaching Profession
You may recall that late last year the Federal Government announced an inquiry into the Status of the Teaching Profession. The Australian Council of Deans submitted a response. Thembi and the HE PMs also produced a SoEd submission in collaboration with Kristian Galanti, RMIT’s Senior Adviser Government & Strategic Partnerships. Both responses, submitted just before Christmas, are included below:
In other news AITSL released its ITE Data Report 2018 in late December. The report summarises a large amount of information about ITE programs and early career teaching. It includes separate reports on 2016 data from all ITE providers. In general the RMIT data looks pretty good, with positive student evaluations of our programs.
Some of this data, most notably the ATAR results, was picked up by the media and you may have seen the publicity early in the new year on teacher education, with Tanya Plibersek’s comments about caps for ITE programs to improve the ATAR. “Labor wants the best and brightest Australians studying teaching. If universities don’t do the right thing and fix this themselves, a Labor government will make them. We hope we don’t have to do this, but we will if we have to.”
Collaborating to Improve the Status of Teachers – An ACDE Forum
The continued focus on ATAR is frustrating and misleading and the Australian Council of Deans has been advocating strongly for a change to this emphasis. The group has organised a forum on Friday, 29 March 2019 at the MCG. The theme of this Forum is Collaborating to Improve the Status of Teachers with the aim to find areas of common ground among education sector bodies and to devise practical actions to create change in public perception of the profession.
Forum sessions planned will explore political perspectives, key potential points of intervention to improve the status of teachers, the role of media, whether secondary schools turn off potential teachers, attracting mature age and professionals into teaching and practical future actions that can be taken collaboratively. Details of the agenda for the Forum will be provided shortly.
We have invited the following politicians:
- The Hon Daniel Tehan MP, Federal Minister for Education
- The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Education
- Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens
The registration fee is $450.00. If you would like to attend, please let your manager know.
LANTITE continues to generate media attention. Articles in The Age have addressed the changes to LANTITE (the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education) with increasing pressure to ensure we have strong support for our students so they pass LANTITE. Thembi, the PMs and I will be working closely with the SLC and Library to increase our support in this area.