Joint Media Release with Minister For Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Coalition Government has released a landmark report into Australia’s school system that outlines a clear plan to ensure every school student, including those in the Northern Territory, have the opportunities they need to succeed.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, today welcomed the Coalition Government’s in-principle support for all recommendations of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools led by Mr David Gonski AC.
“Every student deserves a quality school education, and every student in every school in the Northern Territory should be given every opportunity to succeed and to thrive,” Senator Scullion said.
“I know that local parents value their schools and the teachers who work hard in our classrooms to teach and help prepare their children for whatever the future and the challenges ahead.”
Mrs Price said, “Parents also want to know how our record amounts of schools funding will improve the educational outcomes for our students.
“This is a challenge the Coalition is committed to tackling, and this review is an opportunity for all levels of government, educators and families to turn around Australia’s performance and build a stronger school system.”
Mrs Ganley said the Review provides a national blueprint for every government, every teacher and every family to help tackle declining school performance in Australia.
“A national focus is important to target resources where they are most needed, and in particular to give parents confidence in the system and the choices they make”.
“There’s no doubt Australia has some of the world’s best teachers and school leaders, and they work hard to help students achieve outcomes that are the envy of many other countries,” Mrs Ganley said.
“But it is clear that while school funding has been growing year after year and is now, for the first time, truly needs-based – and will continue to grow under the Coalition to new record levels over the next ten years. Data shows that student outcomes aren’t keeping pace. There needs to be greater teacher quality and measure of student achievement, along with acknowledgement of the importance that families and communities play in supporting education to get the best possible outcomes for our children.”
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said, “This Review was about how to put our record and growing needs-based funding to best use to improve school performance and student outcomes.
“Australia must focus on creating an education system that gives each student the opportunity to excel and to be their individual best.”
It identifies 23 recommendations under five themes:
- Laying the foundations of learning before the school years and in the home environment
- Equipping every student to grow and succeed with the knowledge they need and a focus on growing each individuals’ skills
- Creating, support and valuing a profession of expert educators including building on the Government’s reforms to date in teacher education
- Empowering and supporting school leaders with experience and autonomy
- Lifting aspirations with quality assurance, data and evidence-based research.
The Government will now work with states and territories and non-government school systems to determine how the reforms set out in the Review should be delivered. A new reform agreement between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions will be negotiated this year to come into effect from 2019.
The report is available at: Through Growth to Achievement: the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools