The IEUA has made submission into the Quality Initial Teacher Review; particularly highlighting that quality initial teacher education cannot be supported in a situation where staff and schools are considerably time poor and struggling with inadequate resources

Background

Instead of engaging with IEU members on the issues significantly impacting the profession, the Federal Government has once again sought to make political gain from education policies.

On 11 March 2021, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, Australian Government Minister for Education and Youth, delivered a speech which announced his intention to launch a review looking at the next evolution of reforms to initial teacher education (ITE).

In his speech, Minister Tudge focussed on Australia’s,”declining Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) outcomes in both absolute terms and relative to other countries and identified quality teaching as one of the key areas of focus to return Australia to the top group of nations”.

Minister Tudge expressed that this review would build upon the significant reforms arising from the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report.

Introduction

The IEUA over decades has seen a continued approach by governments to avoid their responsibilities to engage with the profession or provide the committed resources.

This is having considerable workload implications for classroom teachers facing an ever increasing, imposed, political agenda.

Quality initial teacher education cannot be supported in a situation where staff and schools are considerably time poor and struggling with inadequate resources.

The timing and limited timeframe for this review has restricted consultation with practitioners and once again, the IEUA highlights the disconnection between such reviews and the profession.

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