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Media release - Great Teaching, Inspired Learning - Online forum

24 August 2012

The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning forum has been launched online for the education and broader community to have their say on what can be done to improve the quality of teaching in NSW classrooms. 

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning online forum would run for six weeks from 24 August to 5 October 2012 on the ‘Have Your Say' web portal.

"The online forum gives people an instant opportunity to tell us their views on the critical issue of how teaching and learning should be directed in New South Wales, based on the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning discussion paper launched last month," Mr Piccoli said.

"The paper's aim is to stimulate debate and discussion that ensures our children are adequately prepared for life and work in the 21st century.

"Our students deserve the best possible teachers in every classroom, in every school. Teachers in New South Wales already do an amazing job, but as we ready our students for the challenges of the 21st century, we need to think carefully about how to ensure the teachers in their classroom are world class.

"I know many teachers, principals, members of professional associations and academics who have thought about and researched this area for many years - their input is critical.

"Equally important are the views and opinions of the broader community – we want students, parents and employers to have their say.

"The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning discussion paper has been designed to ask the pointy questions about education in New South Wales, so that real change can be implemented at every stage of the teacher career lifecycle."

Each visitor to the online forum has the opportunity to have their say on questions such as:

  • What should parents expect from teachers and what makes teachers inspiring?
  • Should we limit the number of places in teacher education courses?
  • How can we strengthen the mentoring support for beginning teachers in schools?
  • What is the best way to prepare teachers to become principals?
  • What would be the best way to acknowledge and reward outstanding teachers?

The online forum is user-friendly and designed for easy access. It will be open to the public until 5 October at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au

The NSW Government will release a set of directions as a result of the consultation in early 2013.