The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report was released on 13 February 2015: http://www.studentsfirst.gov.au/teacher-education-ministerial-advisory-group The report “Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report” can be read online at this address.
The Report focuses on changes to initial teacher education that are practical and achievable. The proposed reforms centre on five themes:
• Stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
• Rigorous selection for entry to teacher education courses
• Improved and structured practical experience for teacher education students
• Robust assessment of graduates to ensure classroom readiness
• National research and workforce planning capabilities
The Advisory Group’s 38 recommendations seek to achieve improvements in both the content and delivery of initial teacher education courses in Australia.
Many throughout the music sector made submissions, including sMAG, which can be viewed online: https://submissions.education.gov.au/Forms/TEMAG/pages/index?c=1
The report has some implications for music education, especially
· Recommendation 18
Higher education providers equip all primary pre-service teachers with at least one subject specialisation, prioritising science, mathematics or a language. Providers publish specialisations available and numbers of graduates from these programs.
AITSL have already released their response http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=674ca1d695f15e6b9fd33571a&id=64bb0a4409&e=444fa29e88
sMAG will review the report and consider the implications at our committee meetings.