30th April 2018

Gonski report highlights opportunity for improvement

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission QCEC) has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the Review to Achieve Excellence in Australian Schools Through Growth to Achievement, released by the federal government today.

QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry, who was a member of the Review Panel led by David Gonski, said the report highlighted both the strengths of the Australian education system but also the need for continuous improvement.

“We have a strong system with hard-working teachers and students, but we need to build on that foundation, stretch and extend our system further, so we can be sure our students are achieving the best possible education outcomes,” Dr Perry said.

“What we have in this report and its 23 recommendations is the foundation for an evidence-based, data-informed package of reforms that can be implemented systematically and sustainably in our schools.”

Dr Perry said the report pointed to the need to monitor not just each student’s level of attainment but also their progress in learning.

“Teachers need to be able to identify how students are progressing with their learning, support them as they progress and report on that to parents.

“A key part of being able to do that is ensuring that our teachers are supported with what they need to make each student’s learning as individual as possible.

“Our Queensland Catholic schools will work in consultation with state and federal governments, teachers, principals and school communities to implement the review recommendations.

“Our aim is always to work for the best possible outcomes for our students and the reforms resulting from this review will assist us in ensuring all students have the opportunity to be their best.

 

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Date: 30 April 2018

Media Contact: Maree Lacey Ph: (07) 3316 5819

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