Early career educators are resigning from their jobs at an alarming rate

Young teachers

Close to 50 per cent of Australians who graduate as teachers leave the profession within the first five years, many citing overwhelming workloads and unsupportive staffrooms as their main reason for leaving the job. This issue is a sad state of affairs for the teaching profession. One of the reasons for this might be that young teachers are not engaged positively in the profession. Can Associations mentor/provide professional support to help engage these young teachers? Read the full article here.

Funding for public education

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The schools chapter of the Abbott government’s green paper on federation reform, obtained by Fairfax Media, contains a proposal for the Commonwealth to abandon funding for all schools or for public schools. Education Minister Christopher Pyne has said the government believes it has a particular responsibility for independent schools that it doesn’t have for public schools.

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A better national curriculum for all Australian students: Pyne

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05 Mar 2015 Media release

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) will begin to implement key recommendations of the Australian Government’s Review of the Australian Curriculum following the endorsement of their proposal by education ministers today.

“With unanimous support from state and territory education ministers ACARA will now take action to address the issues highlighted in the Australian Government’s initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum,” Mr Pyne said.

ACARA will address the overcrowding and rebalancing of the Australian Curriculum by:

  • Reducing the quantity of content adding more depth and less breadth. .
  • Combining history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business into a single combined humanities and social sciences subject for primary schools
  • Improve clarity, reducing duplication and complexity – especially in the way cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities are presented
  • Strengthening the presence of phonics and phonemic awareness
  • Improving the accessibility for all students especially those with disabilities
  • Making the curriculum more parent friendly

“These changes reflect the key recommendations of the Government’s initial response to the curriculum review and I am pleased ACARA will begin the work to address them,” Mr Pyne said.

“We want every student to have a quality education with access to the best teachers and with a national curriculum that is robust, balanced and relevant.

“The Australian Government and ACARA remain focussed on achieving the best possible education outcomes for all Australian students.”

Disregard for language kills reading!

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TEACHERS’ lack of basic understanding of how language works is the underlying problem in the teaching of reading in schools, says one of the world’s leading researche­rs in the field.

US researcher Louisa Moats yesterday described as depressing the “disregard” for language over the past 30-40 years that had led to lax approaches to teaching reading.

Is this true? Why is it so?

Teacher Education Review calls for system overhaul for not preparing classroom-ready teachers

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The recent review of teaching education calls for an overhaul as courses are seen as not sufficiently equipping new teachers  in practical application and appropriate skills in some disciplines. ACU Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven, who headed the review, was alarmed with some of the discoveries found. Read more about this review.

Direct Instruction is not a solution for Australian schools

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While Education Minister Christopher Pyne has plans to adopt nationally  a controversial literacy program, trialled in Aboriginal communities on Cape York Peninsula, in his thrust to have phonics-based teaching reintroduced to classrooms, Professor Allan Luke firmly believes that DI is not a solution for Australian schools.

Read what Education Minister Christopher Pyne has in mind for DI.

Read Professor Allan Luke’s counter to DI.