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Media release - Asking the tough questions about teacher quality in NSW

31 July 2012

"Great Teaching, Inspired Learning has been developed at my request by Dr Michele Bruniges, Director-General of the Department of Education and Communities, Mr Tom Alegounarias, President of the NSW Board of Studies, and Mr Patrick Lee, the Chief Executive of the NSW Institute of Teachers.NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched a discussion paper designed to seek advice about what can be done to improve the quality of teaching in NSW schools.
 
"It is designed to trigger a wave of discussion and debate in the education community and the broader community about the quality of teaching in NSW schools," Mr Piccoli said.
 
"Teachers in NSW already do an amazing job, but as we prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century, we need to think very carefully about how we can ensure the teachers in their classroom are world class.
 
"The research from around the world is clear; the quality of the education you offer your young people is only as good as the teaching in your schools. I want us to offer our young people the best education, and that means we need the best teachers.
 
Great Teaching, Inspired Learning looks at all the key stages of a teacher's career and asks some hard questions.
 
"This is the ideal time for us to be having this conversation. We have new national teaching standards and curriculum, we have a new model for funding NSW public schools and we have a new wave of teachers emerging from our universities.
 
"We know from looking at other high performing education systems that there are lots of things we could change and do differently.
 
"The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning discussion paper asks the tough questions about every aspect of the teacher career lifecycle from, are we getting the right kind of people choosing teaching as a career, through to what incentives and rewards could we give those outstanding teachers in our schools to encourage them to stay in the classroom."
 
Consultation will run until 2 November 2012, with an online forum to run between 24 August and 5 October 2012. The paper is available at www.schools.nsw.edu.au/greatteaching
 
The government will release a set of directions as a result of the consultation in early 2013.
 
NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched a discussion paper designed to seek advice about what can be done to improve the quality of teaching in NSW schools.
 
"Great Teaching, Inspired Learning has been developed at my request by Dr Michele Bruniges, Director-General of the Department of Education and Communities, Mr Tom Alegounarias, President of the NSW Board of Studies, and Mr Patrick Lee, the Chief Executive of the NSW Institute of Teachers.
 
"It is designed to trigger a wave of discussion and debate in the education community and the broader community about the quality of teaching in NSW schools," Mr Piccoli said.
 
"Teachers in NSW already do an amazing job, but as we prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century, we need to think very carefully about how we can ensure the teachers in their classroom are world class.
 
"The research from around the world is clear; the quality of the education you offer your young people is only as good as the teaching in your schools. I want us to offer our young people the best education, and that means we need the best teachers.
 
"Great Teaching, Inspired Learning looks at all the key stages of a teacher's career and asks some hard questions.
 
"This is the ideal time for us to be having this conversation. We have new national teaching standards and curriculum, we have a new model for funding NSW public schools and we have a new wave of teachers emerging from our universities.
 
"We know from looking at other high performing education systems that there are lots of things we could change and do differently.
 
"The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning discussion paper asks the tough questions about every aspect of the teacher career lifecycle from, are we getting the right kind of people choosing teaching as a career, through to what incentives and rewards could we give those outstanding teachers in our schools to encourage them to stay in the classroom."
 
Consultation will run until 2 November 2012, with an online forum to run between 24 August and 5 October 2012. The paper is available at www.schools.nsw.edu.au/greatteaching
 
The government will release a set of directions as a result of the consultation in early 2013.