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SCSEEC Meeting

10 May 2013, Four Seasons Hotel, SYDNEY

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10 May 2013

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) today met in Sydney.

Ministers from around Australia and New Zealand welcomed the opportunity to debate a variety of

significant education and early childhood policy issues.

Initial Teacher Education

Ministers today endorsed for publication an Initial Teacher Education Data Report prepared by the

Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). This report is a new collation of public

domain material as well as customised data that has been collated from multiple sources.

Ministers agreed that this should become an annual report, allowing the identification of trends and

comparative analysis. It is also intended that the categories of data reported will be extended, and users

will be encouraged to provide suggestions about data that would prove valuable to the education

community.

Review of National Architecture

Ministers agreed to request senior officials to refine the Terms of Reference for the Review of the

National Architecture by 17 May 2013 to support delivery of Standing Council’s strategic priorities,

including those reforms that support school improvement and enhance national data, accountability,

analysis and research capability.

Progressing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan

Standing Council agreed to renew and accelerate their commitment to progressing the Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan. Ministers noted that a National Plan for School

Improvement will include specific actions to accelerate achievements and track progress against the

closing the gap targets agreed by COAG.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Ministers noted the findings of the PwC Final Report on the 2012 Trial of the Nationally Consistent

Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. The report noted that the 2012 trial is suitable for

a full, national implementation as the basis for a nationally consistent collection of data on school

students with disability. The report also indicates that there are significant benefits to be gained from the

implementation of a data collection model of this type, as well as significant support for a collection of

this nature in schools.

Ministers were pleased to endorse the model for a nationally consistent collection of data on school

students with disability. The national data collection will first take place in October 2013 subject to

finalisation of the implementation plan and support material, and thereafter in alignment with other

elements of the National Schools Statistical Collection.

SCSEEC Meeting

10 May 2013, Four Seasons Hotel, SYDNEY

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Government strategies to lift student achievement in New Zealand

The Standing Council welcomed the Hon. Hekia Parata MP, New Zealand Minister of Education and

Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office to the meeting. Minister Parata outlined

strategies used by the New Zealand Government to lift student achievement in Aotearoa.

The availability of child care in Australia

The Standing Council today discussed the availability of child care throughout Australia. Ministers

provided updates from their respective states and territories on capacity to respond to demand for child

care. The Australian Government noted that there is considerable variability in approval requirements

for child care centres across Australia and that there are considerable differences in planning processes

including for growth areas and in existing areas of need. Ministers agreed that they would continue to

monitor the availability of child care within their jurisdictions and address any impediments to availability

at a local level.

Australian Curriculum

Ministers today endorsed the Australian Curriculum: Geography for years F-10, developed by the

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, with implementation the responsibility of

individual states and territories. The Geography curriculum aims to ensure that students develop a

sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the

world; a deep geographical knowledge of Australia, Asia and the world; and the capacity to be

competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills.

Harmonisation of Funding Regulatory Frameworks for Non-Government Schools

The Standing Council agreed to continue collaboration on the harmonisation of funding regulatory

frameworks for non-government schools, noting the significant benefits for non-government schools and

all governments in clearly articulating a strategic approach to national non-government school funding

assurance.

Ministers agreed that the Strategic Policy Working Group, via the Australian Education, Early Childhood

and Youth Senior Officials Committee, advise Education Ministers on how to maximise opportunities to

improve the regulation of non-government schools to support quality schooling. It was agreed to include

non-government sector representation to facilitate engagement by the sector with recommendations to

be made to the Standing Council.

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Media enquiries: Greg Donaghue, SCSEEC Secretariat, 0423 748 320 or greg.donaghue@scseec.edu.au