A review into teacher training, announced by Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge, demonstrates the continued failure of the Morrison government to deliver the requisite funding and resources that would make a difference to student performance.
Instead, the review yet again shifts the blame onto school staff. Tudge says the six-month review, launched in April, will focus on improving teacher quality with the aim of returning Australian students to the top of international rankings by attracting “talented people” into the profession and preparing them to become effective teachers.
Various education experts have joined the AEU in saying that we do not need more reviews to tell us what’s needed to improve student outcomes. “Teachers need better pay and career prospects, better induction and mentoring, ongoing professional support and protection from ever-increasing administration,” said AEU federal president Correna Haythorpe.
“If this government was serious about addressing student performance, they would address their underfunding of public schools and ensure every school and every child had access to the resources they need to thrive.”
The AEU will be fighting any attempts by the federal government to use this review to erode teaching standards, attack the profession or open the door to putting unqualified people in classrooms.