Labor’s policies drove VET FEE-HELP cost blowouts, student exploitation: Auditor-General

A damning report from the Auditor-General handed down today has further highlighted the former Labor Government’s failures to understand the serious flaws in the design of its student loans scheme for vocational education that lead to billion dollar cost blowouts and unscrupulous training organisations preying on vulnerable students. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham…

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Outstanding teachers to help some of Australia’s most vulnerable students

Up to 300 of the country’s top new teachers will start work in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged schools thanks to a $20.5 million grant from the Turnbull Government.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced additional funding for the Teach for Australia (TFA) program which accelerates high achieving university graduates, young…

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Uni entry transparency reforms to boost graduate quality

New data on university graduate outcomes and experiences released today is just one element of the Turnbull Government’s comprehensive higher education admissions transparency reforms that the Education Minister has detailed and says will “lift the quality of graduates going into the workforce”. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Graduate Outcomes Survey…

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Press conference, Melbourne

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Press conference, Melbourne Topics: Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes reforms; Future schools funding arrangements; Politics in classrooms; Reforms to higher education admissions transparency 16/12/2016 12:15PM Simon Birmingham:     The Education Council has met today, and I welcome the fact that states and territories have all agreed to undertake work with us…

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Plibersek’s politicking while student results stalling

As Australian families, educators and policymakers reflect on the recent national and international reports on our students’ literacy, numeracy and science skills and wonder why the conversation about schools cannot make progress, they need look no further than the pure politicking and opportunism on display today by the Labor Party.  The re-branding of Labor’s election…

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NAPLAN report confirms need for action to boost student outcomes

The latest report on NAPLAN results has highlighted the need for educators and policymakers to “leave the politicking at the door” and work together to deliver the reforms Australia’s school system needs to lift student achievement. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2016 NAPLAN National Report confirmed the preliminary results from August…

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Press conference, Canberra

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Press conference, Canberra Topics: NAPLAN National Report; Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes reforms; Future schools funding arrangements; How-to-vote cards; Republican movement 13/12/2016 09:45AM  Simon Birmingham:     These NAPLAN results confirm information that has been contained in international reports over the last couple of weeks. We see results that show at best…

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