Quality education helps give children the best possible start in life.
Every day thousands of teachers are working in schools, child care centres, universities, training organisations, early childhood learning centres, preschools, kindergartens and with other institutions from the cities and suburbs to the remotest reaches of Australia.
Thousands more are in training to become the type of teachers that students remember years later as the ones who inspired them, and encouraged them to follow their dreams.
Quality education relies upon quality teaching, which is why the Australian Government is investing in not only schools, but also specific measures to raise the quality of teaching and the status of the teaching profession.
The Australian Government is investing a record $69.5 billion over the four years to 2018-19, a 27.9 per cent increase across all schools from 2014-15.
As the recently released Educational Opportunity in Australia 2015 report acknowledges, funding alone is not the answer.
That is why, through our Student First policy, the Australian Government has introduced measures to:
- Improve teacher quality, including through a national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students from 1 July 2016;
- Ensure the national curriculum is robust, relevant and up to date
- Promote greater school autonomy; and
- Encourage greater parental engagement in their children’s education.
We want teaching to be a profession of choice for our best and brightest and for all Australians to recognise the work teachers do to inspire children and to set them up for a life of learning, exploring and discovery.