Education leaders from across Australia met today to discuss their continued commitment to strengthening initial teacher education (ITE), which will lead to higher quality, classroom-ready graduates.
Coinciding with the event was the release of the TEMAG Report Card. The report card shows strong progress in implementation and clear opportunities to progress the ITE reforms.
The TEMAG Forum held at Parliament House in Canberra – convened by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) – brought together some of the most influential decision makers and stakeholders who shape ITE in Australia, including universities, teacher regulators, teacher employers, principals, parent groups and government representatives.
“Universities are opening the door to work with regulators and schools to provide the very best in teacher education and to lead contemporary practice. The more universities connect with schools, the more their graduates will be classroom-ready,” AITSL CEO Lisa Rodgers said.
“Teachers deserve the very best preparation so that they can be successful from their first day in the classroom,” Ms Rodgers said.
Speaking from Parliament House, Ms Rodgers added, “We saw a stunning example today of what can be achieved when education leaders work constructively and collaboratively, with a shared commitment to lifting the bar on quality teaching.”
The Government response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report of 2015 committed all states and territories to a reform agenda to better prepare graduate teachers and ensure their ‘classroom-readiness’.
Ms Rodgers said, “We can only achieve ambitious reform in education policy through sustained effort, commitment and collaboration – teachers and principals must be a part of this – and this forum showed dedication to achieving that.”