Terms of Reference

Purpose of the Review

The Review will consider the key ideas, challenges and barriers that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote students.

It will provide recommendations on innovative and fresh approaches to support improved access and achievement of these students in school and their transition to further study, training and employment.

Scope of the Review

The Review will investigate:

  • the gap in educational achievement between regional, rural and remote students and metropolitan students
  • the key barriers and challenges that impact on the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students, including aspirations and access issues
  • the appropriateness and effectiveness of current modes of education delivered to these students, including the use of information and communications technology and the importance of face to face regional, rural and remote education provision
  • the effectiveness of public policies and programs that have been implemented to bridge the divide
  • the gaps and opportunities to help students successfully transition from school to further study, training and employment
  • innovative approaches that support regional, rural and remote students to succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment.

Consultations will occur through a call for submissions from interested parties and face-to-face consultations with key stakeholders, including representatives from the education community, families, employers/employer groups, relevant government agencies and the philanthropic sector.

Schools, communities and individuals will be consulted on what is working/has worked in relation to raising student aspirations and achievements.

Deliverable

The Review will commence in early 2017.

A final report will be submitted to the Commonwealth Minister for Education and Training by the end of 2017.