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Next steps in the National Plan for School Improvement

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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Next steps in the National Plan for School Improvement

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Education Ministers will provide advice to the Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting in December about the core elements of the National Plan for School Improvement, which aims to lift Australian schools into the top five in the world by 2025.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the Commonwealth, States and Territories agreed during a teleconference today to progress the key reform proposals outlined in the Gillard Government’s plan. The plan outlines a new school funding model, based on the individual needs of all students and linked to education reforms which have been shown to improve student results.

Ministers agreed that the advice to COAG will include five core reform elements: quality learning, quality teaching, empowered school leadership, transparency and accountability, and meeting student need.

These reforms areas build on the work already underway in many states and school sectors, with Ministers agreeing that continuing this work is a vital national goal for Australian education.

“Today I also confirmed with Ministers that the Gillard Government will introduce the Australian Education Bill into Parliament before the end of this year,” Mr Garrett said.

“The Bill will enshrine the aspirational goals and high level reform directions of the national plan. A second phase of legislation next year will be introduced following further extensive discussions and negotiations with the states and territories and the non-government sector.

“I also reminded Ministers that the Gillard Government is very clear about our commitment to school funding reform. We are prepared to offer extra funding for schooling, but that funding must be linked to the things we know work to improve results. And we will expect states and territories to do their part.

“I was pleased with the positive progress made today and the fact that states and territories remain committed to working with us to improve schools.”

The Commonwealth is also continuing to work with all education authorities on the detailed elements of the new school funding model, which is based on the core recommendations of the independent Gonski review.

The next meeting of Ministers will be held in late November.

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