On Wednesday February 20 Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Education and Training, addressed the Press Club on the topic of World Class Schools.
Minister Plibersek spoke about the role of early childhood education, her aspiration for our schools and Labor’s plan for education. She focused on four key priorities, some of which have been top of her agenda for some time:
- raising the status of teaching and lifting the ATAR for ITE programs
- providing better career paths for teachers through rejuvenation of the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers program
- the National Principals Academy
- an increase in funding for students with disability by $300 million, with a greater focus on training for pre-service teachers in this area
You can read a transcript of the speech here. Some of the issues Minister Plibersek spoke to were also covered in an ABC interview with Sabra Lane—see details and link https://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/am/labor-proposes-special-academy-for-school-principals/10827968
The next Press Club speaker is Margaret Gardner on February 27, whose topic is A higher purpose: universities, civic transformation and the public good. I notice the event is already sold out…