School reform: COAG Communiqué
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on 19 April has discussed the Australian Government's proposals for school funding without reaching agreement on key issues. See article 19 April in The Age and live blog on the The Age website. See also interviews and statements on school funding earlier this week from the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett. (Update 22 April: See COAG Communiqué and statement 19 April 2013 by Minister for School Education Peter Garrett.)
Victorian Government and AEU leaders reach in-principle agreement on pay
The Victorian Government and Australian Education Union have reached an in-principle agreement covering principals, teachers and education support staff in Victorian government schools, following an industrial campaign in support of pay rises. See commentary 18 April, analysis 19 April and update 20 April 2013, in The Age.
Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies F–10 released
ACARA is conducting consultation on the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10. This includes consultation on Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. The consultation closes on 10 May 2013. ACARA welcomes and encourages feedback on these draft curriculum materials.
Queensland Government plan to improve teacher quality
The Queensland Government's recently announced plan to improve teacher quality, Great Teachers = Great Results, has received widepread attention in the media. See, for example, video from the Brisbane Times 9 April and article in The Courier-Mail 11 April 2013.
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