Outcome 1 priorities

  • Improving outcomes in early childhood education by ensuring children have access to, and participate in, quality preschool programmes through continued funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.
  • Ensuring all Australian schools and systems have their Commonwealth recurrent funding determined on a needs-basis in accordance with the Australian Education Act 2013.
  • Providing additional recurrent funding to non-government boarding schools with significant numbers of Indigenous boarding students from remote areas.
  • Ensuring that capital funding to assist non-government school communities supports the most educationally-disadvantaged students.
  • Implementing the Government’s response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, following its release in February 2015.
  • Working with states and territories to provide government schools and school leaders greater autonomy over decision-making at a local level.
  • Supporting research being conducted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) to identify best practice to increase parent engagement and involvement in their child’s education.
  • Undertaking a legislated review of ACARA and supporting the Government’s initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum, which was released in October 2014.
  • Invigorating the teaching of foreign languages by prioritising the development of the Australian Curriculum: Languages, delivering a one year trial of online language learning for preschool children, and researching national approaches to foreign language education in the senior secondary years.
  • Enhancing the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to participate more fully in the 21st century workforce.
  • Implementing the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools programme to improve student outcomes and increase teacher skills in participating schools.
  • Supporting better outcomes for students with disability and learning difficulties by undertaking the scheduled 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and implementation of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability, which will include all schools in Australia in 2015 for the first time.
  • Working cooperatively with states, territories and national agencies to deliver the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) online from 2017 and to reduce the turnaround time for providing results back to teachers and parents so they can take timely and targeted action to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of young people.
  • Supporting a programme of national data reform with government and non‑government stakeholders.
  • Supporting implementation of the Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework through the development of tools and resources for stakeholders. Equipping secondary students to make effective decisions about their education and training options, and providing them with opportunities to explore a broad range of pathways to post-school destinations, is integral to meeting Australia’s workforce challenges and building a highly-skilled workforce.
  • Upskilling of the teacher workforce through the Teach for Australia programme, which attracts and supports high calibre candidates into teaching.
  • Ensuring that mainstream schools’ policy, programmes and service delivery contribute to improvements in attendance and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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