The Australian Government Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has announced that the University of Melbourne has been selected to collaborate with Teach for Australia to develop and run a national teacher education course for top graduates from various disciplines who wish to enter the teaching workforce. See Minister's media statement 17 June 2009.
The Research Branch of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is hosting a free forum on Tuesday 21 July 2009, titled 2009 Research Partnerships Forum: Advancing 0–18 Learning and Development. It will examine new research findings that are advancing the State Government's Blueprint for pre-school and school education. Presentations from schools, universities and research organisations will cover a range of topics including developmental curriculum, transition points, meeting diverse needs, family–school partnerships, and inclusion strategies for students in the middle years. It will also cover funding opportunities for education and early childhood practitioners wishing to undertake research.
The Victorian Government has released the latest On Track report, which tallies the pathways taken by Victorian students who completed Year 12 in 2008. See Victorian Government media release, and report and related article in The Age, all 15 June 2009
The New South Wales Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, has announced the State Government's plans for spending on school education and TAFE for the forthcoming financial year. See Minister's media release 14 June 2009.
The New South Wales Government is seeking to appoint 423 new Technology Support Officers, who will be based at 404 NSW secondary and central schools across the State. The new support staff will facilitate the roll-out of new wireless laptops to all New South Wales Year 9 public school students. See media statement from State Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, 3 June 2009.
The New South Wales Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, has announced that four NSW public schools in the State will offer their students a bilingual education from next year. Students will be immersed in the languages for one-and-a-half hours each school day, possibly from kindergarten. New languages will be taught directly and through integration into other subjects. See Minister's media release 15 June 2009, which highlights the importance of learning Asian languages including Mandarin, Korean, Japanese and Indonesian. See also report on news.com.au, also 15 June 2009.
This week there has been further discussion in New South Wales on policies to facilitate the implementation of Australian Government policy on school performance reporting. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 19 June, referring to commentary on the policy by State Minister for Education, Verity Firth; criticisms of the policy by New South Wales MP, John Kaye; and further statements from the New South Wales Teachers Federation.
Through its new Respectful Relationship Program, the Australian Government is conducting an evaluation to test and examine best practice respectful relationships education programs with school-aged young people across the country. The program builds on South Australia's successful Keeping Safe program, which helps young people develop successful, respectful relationship skills. See South Australian Government joint media release from Australian Government Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek, and South Australian Minister for Education, Jane Lomax-Smith, 10 June 2009.
The appointment of new members to the South Australian Certificate of Education board has been announced by State Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith. See South Australian Government media release 18 June 2009.