The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group’s report Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers released in February 2015 identified significant concerns in relation to teacher quality, the readiness of new teachers entering classrooms and the variation of consistency in teacher education courses.
Teacher quality is a key influence on educational outcomes, with international experience and evidence showing that countries with high standards for teacher education and close monitoring of those standards being met significantly outperform other countries in the quality of the education delivered in schools. The report advised that enhancing teacher quality would play a crucial role in addressing the declining performance of Australian students in international testing.
The Government believes the recommendations in the report are practical and achievable, with the potential to make a real impact on the quality of teaching and student outcomes in Australian schools. At the Government’s direction, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership is working with states and territories, teacher registration bodies, universities and relevant experts to ensure that teacher education programmes are held to high standards and that graduates are genuinely classroom ready—ready to deliver high quality instruction for all students in their classroom and to monitor student progress against objective measures of success.