Major reforms for education with Gonski 2.0

Last week, the Federal government passed new legislation, introducing major reforms for education.  Mr David Gonski AC has endorsed the Quality Schools reforms and agreed to lead a Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. The Review, to be completed by the end of the year, will provide advice on how the extra Commonwealth funding should be invested to improve Australian schools’ performance and grow student achievement.

The Commonwealth will sign new agreements with the states and territories next year to ensure funding is invested in reforms that evidence shows improve student results.  The Government will establish a National School Resourcing Board to review and provide ongoing advice to Government about ways to improve the funding model, and accountability by school authorities for the Commonwealth funding they receive.

Key reforms include:

  • A Year 1 reading, phonics and literacy assessment to assist in early identification and intervention
  • Initiatives to keep our best teachers in the classroom
  • Reforms to strengthen literacy and STEM skills, such as requiring minimum literacy and numeracy standards for school leavers and ensuring English or humanities and maths or science subjects are studied to get an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).


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