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Latest Vocational Education Research

Posted on 16 August 2018
Latest Vocational Education Research
Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2017

Download this report for the latest and projected individual and contract completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees.

Government-funded students and courses 2017

This report provides a snapshot of government-funded VET delivered by TAFE institutes, other government providers (such as universities), community education providers and other registered providers.

Internet job postings: preliminary skills analysis

This technical analysis looks at data sourced from online job postings to see whether it can provide new and valuable insights on the skills employers ask for when advertising jobs.

Total VET students and courses 2017

This report provides an estimate of the nature and extent of VET as reported by 4193 Australian training providers in domestic and overseas locations.

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ATARs and Teacher education-Birmingham acts

Posted on 15 August 2018
ATARs and Teacher education-Birmingham acts

Students with dismally poor high school results are being accepted into university teaching courses, setting off alarm bells about the quality of some Australian educators.

Figures released to a Senate inquiry show one student was accepted to a teaching course at a Victorian uni in 2018 with a score of 17.9 out of a possible 99.95, while the lowest score accepted at another institution was 22.1.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says Australians rightly expect that school students are taught by the best and while scores are not everything, the data is alarming.

"To get the best outcomes for students we need the highest calibre teachers in the classroom," he said in a statement on Sunday.

Victorian institutions accepted the two lowest entry scores, despite the state government having introduced a minimum score for teaching courses of 65 in 2018, with plans to boost the benchmark to 70 in 2019.

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an urgent investigation of all university entry data to ensure the standards are adhered to.

"I will not stand for universities who are attempting to undercut or bypass our reforms and minimum ATAR standards," Mr Merlino said in a statement.

Under the Victorian requirements, universities that do not comply may put their accreditation to offer teaching courses in jeopardy.

Senator Birmingham has written to Mr Merlino to ask how the policy is working in practice.
Such minimums can only be made by state governments, the senator said, though the federal government introduced a literacy and numeracy test to ensure teaching graduates have skills in the top 30 per cent.

It is also making changes to improve the transparency of university admission information, including launching a new platform where details such as score thresholds will be published.


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Our sponsored Sudanese Teacher Graduate is now working in a school

Posted on 14 August 2018
Our sponsored Sudanese Teacher Graduate is now working in a school

As you may be aware, the CaSPA Board commits to a Social Responsibility project each year. Rather than use the funds from subscriptions or from our Partners, the Board has taken the position that the annual amount accrued from Interest should be directed towards a worthy project - ideally within the sphere of Catholic Education.  This also aligns with our attempts to work at both a Global and National/Local level.

The most recent project has involved meeting the tuition costs of a female Sudanes teacher trainee at the Solidarity Teachers's College in Yambio.  This College is largely run by ex pat Australian Religious - a number of whom have been CaSPA Principals in the past. We believe it is a "good fit" especially given the challenges confronting South Sudan and the huge difficulties there are to provide education generally - but especially for girls and young women.

CaSPA was therefore delighted to recieve the following photographs, which show our most recent sponsored student - Toma - having graduated and now working in schools in South Sudan

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Catholic bishops to release Royal Commission response

Posted on 13 August 2018
Catholic bishops to release Royal Commission response
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has agreed to release its formal response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by the end of the month.

In a media release following a two-day meeting on the issue, the Catholic bishops said they will also release the four volumes of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council's final report.

"The Bishops Conference and the president of Catholic Religious Australia agreed that the close collaboration between the two bodies during the life of the Royal Commission and in the area of the protection of children and vulnerable people should continue," ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

The Catholic Religious Australia Council, which meets later this month, will work with the ACBC to finalise the Catholic Church's response.

"Through the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, the bishops and religious orders have engaged productively with the Royal Commission and within the Church in recent years, shaping a shared voice and approach," Archbishop Coleridge said.

"It's therefore appropriate that our formal response to the Commission's recommendations and our response to child sexual abuse should also be made together."

Representatives of Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Professional Standards Limited and the Church's Implementation Advisory Group were key contributors to the bishops' deliberations this week.
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A Letter to Our Politicians in Support of AITSL

Posted on 12 August 2018
A Letter to Our Politicians in Support of AITSL

Earlier in the year there were suggestions that funding for AITSL may be impacted.  Fortunately this did not eventuate and their work for education in Australia continues without cutbacks.  The following letter was prepared by one of our Board members to emphasise the importance placed on AITSL by groups such as CaSPA

To all members of State and Federal Governments

I write as a member of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA).

My College is one of nearly 500 Catholic secondary schools that, with Catholic primary schools, educates just on 20% of young Australians.

CaSPA believes in the depoliticisation of education, with all major parties committed to working collaboratively to support the development of education policy that is not subject to change with successive Governments. This will support the continued growth of an education system that best serves our young people  and our future as a nation.

The framework for independent bodies to provide quality advice to government based upon valid and reliable research already exists.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. It is a world leading institute that has the trust and support of teachers and leaders in the Australian educational community. Other countries look to AITSL as a model to emulate.
Similarly, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has revolutionised the curriculum that is available across the country.  Its current focus on developing learning progressions is evidence of its innovative approach to providing  a curriculum that develops the skills necessary for young people to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  (We would also support a review of national testing that is focused on student, school and system growth.)

ACARA has shown that it can work in tandem with AITSL to provide quality advice and direction that can see Australia become a world leader in educational outcomes, both academically and socially (for the emotional resilience of our youth is as important as sound literacy and numeracy skills, and creative, problem-solving skills).

Thus, I - along with my colleague Princkpals - would ask that you take to your party room my support of both AITSL and ACARA, and argue for their continued support, free from political interference.

CaSPA calls for all parties to support the independence of AITSL and ACARA to continue to provide the service that they do to the educational community, as well as sound, evidence-based advice to Government.

Yours sincerely

A. Principal

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