Principals and teachers

National Assessment Program (NAP)

Summary: 

The National Assessment Program (NAP) is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools and the community determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes and developing the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world. The NAP is a major component of the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015, which is the basis for reporting on progress towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning

Summary: 

Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning programme (Narragunnawali) supports schools and early learning services across Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.

Pathways in Technology (P-TECH)

Summary: 

The Australian Government is investing $5.1 million to pilot the P-TECH model in Australia. The P-TECH pilot is an innovative model of education-industry collaboration that provides students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate with an industry supported pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. 

National School Chaplaincy Programme

Summary: 

The Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to assist over 3000 schools to engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of students through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.

National Partnerships for Low SES Schools, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality

Summary: 

The National Partnerships for Low Socio-economic Status School Communities, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality ran from 2009 to 2013. The National Partnership Agreements, Bilateral Agreements and Implementation Plans are available on the federal financial relations website.

Students First

Summary: 

To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality education.

Independent Public Schools

Summary: 

Internationally and in Australia, evidence emphasises the advantages of school autonomy as part of a comprehensive strategy for school improvement. The Australian Government recognises that school leaders and communities are best-placed to know and understand the needs of their schools, and that giving schools more control of local decision-making is one of the key ways to drive improved student outcomes.

School to Work Transitions

Summary: 

There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and successfully transition to further education, training or work.

School education

Summary: 

To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality school education through its Students-First approach.

Funding for schools

Summary: 

The Australian Government provides funding for all schools, both government and non-government.

The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for the provision of this funding. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) provides more detail to support the operation of the Act. The Act and Regulation were amended in 2014 on 26 November and 11 December respectively. The Post-amendment fact sheet under the Amendments tab in the Guide lists changes arising from these amendments.

The Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013 provides more information about the Act and Regulation.

Trade Training Centres in Schools Program

Summary: 

There are 511 projects funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.  This includes 136 Trades Skills Centres (TSCs). To reflect the Government’s commitment to stronger industry linkages, project funding agreements for TSCs have been enhanced to ensure that industry engagement and collaboration is at the forefront of these projects, along with appropriate student support arrangements.

Quality Teaching

Summary: 

Teacher effectiveness is critical to the future of young Australians and research shows that teachers have the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. The Australian Government recognises and appreciates the complex role of the teacher, and the significant responsibility they have in educating and preparing children to lead successful and productive lives.

My School

Summary: 

The My School website provides profiles for Australian schools, including information on school programs and culture, workforce, academic performance, funding sources, student characteristics and enrolment and attendance rates. 

Parents, teachers, principals and the community can search profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.

Curriculum

Summary: 

The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 10.

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