Catholic education has commended the Coalition and Australian Labor Party for policies aimed at growing and strengthening the teaching profession to improve student learning outcomes.
National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said, during the election campaign, the Coalition and Labor have announced policies to address the growing shortage of teachers, to attract high achieving students to the profession and respond to the recommendations of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review.
“We know from the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review that we need to attract high-quality, diverse candidates to the teaching profession, supported by evidenced-based preparation and training,” Collins said.
“Teaching is the largest in-school influence on student learning outcomes and a clear focus on attracting and retaining quality teachers, coupled with quality teacher preparation, ongoing professional development and mentoring for early career teachers, will help strengthen the profession and address some of the current challenges for Australian education.”
Labor has set a target to double the number of high achievers choosing teaching over a decade; provide $71.5 million to boost the High Achieving Teachers Program to retrain mid-career professionals into teaching; will offer over $50 million in bursaries for the ‘best and brightest’ to study teaching; offer pathways including part-time salary and mentoring for high demand specialities like maths and science, and focus on attracting teachers to regional areas.
Labor will also work to build better career paths for Master Teachers and invest $24.2 million to respond to the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review, including expanding Quality Teaching Rounds and developing new micro-credentials of classroom management and phonics.
The Coalition has committed to provide $40 million to support 700 new Teach for Australia teachers and 60 new teachers through La Trobe’s Nexus program; $13.4 million to support changes to accreditation standards and the return of a one-year Graduate Diploma of Education to support mid-career professionals into teaching; invest $10.8 million to develop new micro-credentials in classroom management, phonics and explicit teaching, and to support the expansion of the Quality Teaching Rounds program; and invest $6.4 million to develop a new performance assessment framework for Initial Teacher Education courses to increase quality and drive improvement.
This article is a republished media release from the National Catholic Education Commission.