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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 406. Updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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Hands up for say on teacher education
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A public consultation process has been launched into proposed changes to the education of teachers in Australia.

The process will be conducted by a Ministerial Advisory Group into teacher education and an Issues Paper has been published to inform the debate.

Minister for Education, Chris Pyne said lifting the quality, professionalism and status of the teaching profession was at the heart of the Government's Students First policy.

Public consultation launched

"There is nothing more important to a child's education than having great teachers," Mr Pyne said.

The public consultation process will include meetings with representatives from a range of education bodies including teacher employers, the Australian Council of Deans of Education, Universities Australia and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

The Advisory Group will seek submissions from interested parties in response to the Issues Paper and will also conduct a benchmark study of world's best practice in teacher education programs.

"These consultations will help the advisory group put together strong, evidence-based recommendations for improving teacher education," Mr Pyne said.

He invited any interested party to make a submission, as an individual or on behalf of an organisation, by the 13 June 2014 deadline

The Issues Paper can be accessed at this PS News link.

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