New board to advise Christopher Pyne on education

THE Abbott Government has created a new board to advise Education Minister Christopher Pyne on teacher training to improve quality at Australian schools.

Mr Pyne announced the new teacher education ministerial advisory group on Wednesday, appointed Australian Catholic University Vice-chancellor Professor Greg Craven to lead the group.

The board will be tasked with identifying gaps in current teacher education, and propose new programs to improve the training for the hundreds of thousands of teachers in Australian schools.

It has also taken over a previous review of teacher education that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, with Minister Pyne revoking the ministerial direction for that review.

Mr Pyne said lifting the quality, professionalism and status of teachers was at the heart of the government's education policy.

The group will consult with the public and education stakeholders to examine the way teachers teach, subject content and professional experience for people training to teach.

"I have asked the group to conduct a benchmark research study of world's best practice in initial teacher education programmes," Mr Pyne said.

"We want to build on world standards for initial teacher education programmes and explore how best practice can be implemented into teaching and classrooms in our own schools."

The new group will form part of the Abbott Government's broader policy aims to improve teacher quality, principal autonomy, parents engagement and changes to the curriculum.

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