Improving the quality of teaching and school leadership
Research tells us that quality teaching and school leadership are the most influential in-school factors on student outcomes.
This means Australia’s most capable and able teachers need to be in classrooms, with our most capable school leaders guiding them. This can be enabled with the right incentives for teachers and school leaders to stay engaged in the profession. We need to recognise teachers for their competency and achievement, not just their length of service.
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Teacher Standards) are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality, and define what teachers should know and be able to do at different stages across their careers.
Certification is a voluntary evaluation process that recognises skilled teachers at the Highly Accomplished or Lead career stage of the Teacher Standards to promote expertise and high impact teaching.
Preparing our students for a globalised world
More needs to be done to prepare Australian students for the globalised world. This includes increasing the number of students learning languages and providing better career advice for students in their final years of school.
Focusing on what matters most and those who need it most
International research has shown that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be low-performing, drop out of school and less likely to attain a better-paying job.
Now, more than ever, we need to be ensuring our interventions in education are focused on what matters most and those who need it most.
Increasing public accountability through improved transparency
Transparency is an important element in maintaining public confidence in the education system. It is important to ensure there is public accountability for the way in which funding is distributed, how that funding is used behind the school gate and achievement of outcomes. This is critical in understanding what works and what interventions deliver value-for-money.
There is substantial evidence that shows that clear accountability for school results helps create a learning environment that encourages innovation and excellence from school leaders, teachers and students. Publishing school information also means that students, parents and teachers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about student learning.