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Teacher training review incomplete

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Penny Wright 13 Feb 2015

The Abbott Government's teacher training review overlooks critical elements in encouraging quality teaching and learning, say the Australian Greens.

Spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said the review did not look at how to attract the best and brightest into teaching careers.

"University entrance standards and accreditation are pieces of the puzzle, but no review of teacher training can be complete without examining what's needed to attract the top candidates to teaching," she said.

"Everyone agrees we need the best and brightest teachers in the classroom, but that just won't happen unless we treat teachers like the professionals they are and provide an attractive career path.

"If we expect teachers to score in the top 30 per cent for literacy and numeracy and meet a range of other tests, we need to pay a salary which reflects their expertise."

Senator Wright welcomed the report's findings that graduate teachers are not given enough support and encouraged the government to fund mentoring programs.


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