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TFA’s submission to the Teacher Education Expert Panel

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

Teach For Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Commonwealth’s Teacher Education Expert Panel.

Our latest submission follows TFA’s contribution to the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan, released in November 2022, which articulates Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments’ focus on increasing the number of people choosing to become teachers and ensuring that existing teachers remain in the profession.

There are clear parallels between the Expert Panel’s identified reform areas and the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) improvements TFA has been actively discussing with stakeholders, including:

  • Access to postgraduate ITE pathways
  • ITE course content and high-quality practical learning opportunities
  • ITE key performance indicators and funding

TFA’s submission canvasses these three areas, providing context, data and Teach For Australia’s view on explicit policy shifts to drive improvements, with corresponding reference to the Discussion Paper’s prompts.

“Working for educational equity in Australia is complex and collective work,” Teach For Australia’s CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said.

“TFA recognises teaching and school leadership as two vital levers to improve student outcomes and opportunities later in life, and we’re committed to working with governments, education stakeholders, schools and communities across the nation to lift the status and quality of teaching.

“Teach For Australia works in service of students, and our vision for an Australia where education gives every child greater choice for their future. While proud of our efforts and impact to date, we know there is so much more to do.”

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