New initiative to enhance STEM leaders in our schools

The Turnbull Government is backing a new initiative from school principals aimed at enhancing leadership and changing the way Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taught in our schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s Principals as STEM Leaders project would strengthen the foundation for greater participation and engagement,…

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SES score review terms of reference

The Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the data and methodology used to determine specific components of Commonwealth funding for non-government schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology by the National School Resourcing Board would look into…

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National School Resourcing Board members

A group of eight leading education, finance and demography experts have been appointed to the National School Resourcing Board. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Board would be an expert body with members nominated by the Commonwealth, states and territories and the non-government sectors to review and recommend improvements to the way…

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Focusing research to make a difference

A new Turnbull Government initiative will ensure universities are focused on the impact of the $3.5 billion Australian taxpayers invest in research. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said following the Engagement and Impact Assessment pilot this year, the Turnbull Government and Australian Research Council (ARC) had outlined new measures that focus on the…

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Tackling child care fee pressure

Help is on the way for families feeling the hip-pocket pressure of child care fees with the Turnbull Government introducing sweeping reforms and investing an additional $2.5 billion to deliver more support for more families. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said too many families struggle with the costs of rising child care fees…

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Flexible literacy pilot funding boost

An innovative pilot program designed to boost remote students’ literacy and numeracy has been backed with a further $4.1 million from the Turnbull Government, following the release of an independent report highlighting its positive impacts. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the additional $4.1 million would extend the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary…

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Islamic School of Canberra internal review decision

Earlier today, my department informed the authority that manages the Islamic School of Canberra that the outcome of the internal review they requested has upheld the original decision to revoke the authority’s approval under the Australian Education Act 2013.   The original decision detailed the department’s concerns about the authority’s governance and financial management arrangements.…

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ABS Education data

The Turnbull Government has welcomed new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that highlights positive trends in higher education as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education outcomes. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the growing proportion of Australians with post-secondary qualifications was paying dividends. “Australians understand the value of…

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Families to benefit from child care reforms

New modelling by the Federal Department of Education and Training has confirmed almost one million families will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s landmark reforms to early childhood education and care. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government was delivering the biggest reforms to early childhood education and care in almost 40…

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