FEDERAL Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said New England school educators were among thousands from around Australia to be formally recognised on Sunday as part of World Teacher’s Day.
World Teacher’s Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, promotes awareness and appreciation for the vital contribution teachers make to education and the development of students and school communities.
Mr Joyce said evidence shows teachers have the greatest in-school influence on a student’s engagement and achievement.
“Quality teaching is critical to the future prosperity and productivity of young people in the New England and the teachers we have here are some of the best,” Mr Joyce said.
“That’s why New England teachers are worth celebrating and it is also why the Federal Government is implementing practical and effective reforms to ensure real improvements in school education.
“The Government’s plan is to improve the quality, professionalism and status of teaching so that New England students have access to the best teachers and an up-to-date and relevant curriculum.”
Mr Joyce said the Government has a clear ongoing commitment to supporting teachers.
He pointed to the $22 million funding increase for the Teach for Australia programme to provide alternative pathways into teaching, the establishment of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group to consider how teacher training can be improved and the refocussing of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership so that teachers and school leaders have the maximum impact on student learning in all Australian schools.
Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne MP, said celebrating Australian teachers aligns with the Government’s Students First policy, focusing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:
Parental engagement; and,
Strengthening the curriculum.
For more information, visit www.studentsfirst.gov.au.