About the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System
The National School Reform Agreement (the agreement) is a joint agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lift student outcomes across Australian schools.
In December 2022, Education Ministers agreed to establish a panel (the Expert Panel) to inform the next agreement. The Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System (the Review) will advise Education Ministers on what reform priorities should be included in the next agreement. The Expert Panel will deliver its final report to Education Ministers by 31 October 2023.
The Review is an opportunity to drive real and measurable improvements for all students, particularly those most at risk of falling behind.The Review will build on the work of the Productivity Commission and their review of the NSRA, released on 20 January 2023. This review highlighted key areas where reform is needed, including lifting student outcomes, reducing differences in outcomes across students, and supporting student wellbeing.
To provide time for this work to occur, the current agreement will be extended for a further 12 months, to 31 December 2024 (subject to agreement from First Ministers).
While the Review and extension are underway, all governments will continue to progress initiatives to support teachers under the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan.
Terms of Reference for the Review
The Terms of Reference identify five priority areas. The Review will deliver recommendations focused on these themes.
Throughout the Review, the Expert Panel will be seeking views from a range of stakeholders on the issues highlighted in the Terms of Reference.
The Expert Panel seeks input and views from across all groups affected by schools policy. This will include, but is not limited to, State and Territory governments, the non government school sector, educators, students, parents, researchers, unions and other groups that have been mentioned in the Terms of Reference.
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