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CaSPA applauds the Government's support for the Recommendations from the Review of Rural Education

Posted on 22 June 2018
CaSPA applauds the Government's support for the Recommendations from the Review of Rural Education

Through the work the CaSPA Board undertakes with Principals in Rural and Remote Areas of Australia, there is a strong concern that the challenges confronted by our Rural and Remote schools are understood and support is provided.

The recent review by by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey into this area provided some important recommendations. It is heartening to see the response by the Federal Government to the Key 11 Recommendations as follows:

Establishing a national focus for regional, rural and remote education Recommendation 11

  • Professor Halsey notably identified this as his highest priority, and raised this in Recommendation 11 - Establish a national focus for regional, rural and remote education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities in regional Australia.

Enhancing leadership, teaching, curriculum and assessment Recommendations 1, 2, 3 and 8

 

  • The Review identified several themes or factors that have a major impact on student achievement. Of these four are identified in this priority area leadership, teaching, curriculum and assessment. Professor Halsey identified four recommendations to address his findings:
    • Recommendation 1 Establish and/or refine processes for ensuring the relevance of the Australian Curriculum and state/territory assessment processes for RRR students and communities
    • Recommendation 2 Ensure RRR contexts, challenges and opportunities are explicitly included in the selection and pre-service education of teachers, initial appointment processes and their on-going professional support
    • Recommendation 3 Ensure RRR contexts, challenges and opportunities are explicitly included in the selection, preparation, appointment and on-going professional support of educational leaders
    • Recommendation 8 Improve opportunities for regional, rural and remote schools to implement entrepreneurship in education through curriculum, teaching, system and cultural changes and building on good practice.

Improving information and communications technology (ICT) Recommendations 9 and 10

 

  • The IRRRRE explored the provision and use of ICT in the delivery of education in the regional, rural and remote setting. Not surprisingly Professor Halsey found that access to technology and the internet is an issue for schools, students and families. He further identified that the level of teacher expertise presented a challenge to the delivery of education. His recommendations included:
    • Recommendation 9 Improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of Information and Communications Technology for RRR schools, teachers, students, parents and communities
    • Recommendation 10 Support RRR communities to implement innovative approaches to education delivery designed to improve education access and outcomes for students living in remote communities.

Enhancing transitions into and out of school Recommendations 4, 5, 6 and 7

 

  • Professor Halsey identifies in his report the importance of identifying early the educational and associated support needs of students to give them a strong start at school. He also identifies the connection with students through their schooling experience is critical to their long term success throughout school and in the choices and directions they take towards further education or employment.
  • Professor Halsey made four recommendations relating to these important transitions:
    • Recommendation 4 Ensure RRR children start school with a strong foundation for learning
    • Recommendation 5 Expand the availability, affordability and accessibility of high quality work experience placements, VET, dual VET/university options and two year associate degree programs for RRR students
    • Recommendation 6 Support RRR students to make successful transitions from school to university, training, employment and combinations of them
    • Recommendation 7 Encourage the philanthropic sector to play a greater role in raising achievements and improving opportunities for RRR students.

The full Governent Response can be found here

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