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'A call for teachers' on World Teachers' Day



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THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Education Leader of the House

MEDIA RELEASE

25 October 2013

‘A Call for Teachers’ on World Teachers' Day

On World Teachers’ Day Minister for Education Christopher Pyne urged parents and students to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible and lasting impact a great teacher can have on a child’s life and future career.

During a visit today to the Eastern Fleurieu School in South Australia, Mr Pyne joined the Principal, Mr Trevor Fletcher and students to celebrate the teachers of Eastern Fleurieu and acknowledge the important work of teachers around the nation.

“It’s important we recognise the outstanding work teachers do. Their dedication makes an extraordinary contribution to the lives of our young people,” Mr Pyne said.

“Evidence shows that student performance, and not just their achievement, but their overall engagement, depends on the quality of teaching.

Improving teacher training, standards and professional development is at the heart of the Government’s plans to lift the quality and status of the teaching profession.

“This doesn’t just start when a teacher walks into a classroom but when teachers are gaining their qualifications.

“We want to encourage teaching students who are committed and motivated to become teachers as their first choice to enter university. We’ll work with universities to make teaching courses more rigorous and attractive.

“The Government will set up a Ministerial Advisory Group to look into initial teacher education courses and to advise improvements.

“This Government wants to put students first, but this can’t happen without teachers and we’re here to support them being the best at their job they can possibly be.”

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October however due to the timing of Australian school holidays we officially honour our teachers on the last Friday of October.

Mr Pyne’s media contact: Adam Howard 0400 414 833 Department Media: media@deewr.gov.au