Monday, October 6th, 2014

The outstanding work of Australia’s school educators will be formally recognised on Sunday as part of World Teachers’ Day.


World Teachers’ Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, promotes awareness and appreciation for the vital contribution teachers make to education and the development of students and school communities.


Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said evidence shows teachers have the greatest in-school influence on a student’s engagement and achievement.


“Teachers make the most difference within schools, and quality teaching is critical to the future prosperity and productivity of young Australians,” Mr Pyne said.


“That is why it is so important that we celebrate the work our teachers do, and it is also why we are implementing practical and effective reforms at the national level to ensure real improvements in school education.


“One of the most important pillars of our Students First plan is to improve the quality, professionalism and status of teaching so that students have access to the best teachers and an up-to-date and relevant curriculum.”


Mr Pyne said the Government has a clear ongoing commitment to supporting teachers.


Mr Pyne pointed to the $22 million funding increase for the Teach for Australia programme to provide alternative pathways into teaching, the establishment of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group to consider how teacher training can be improved, and the refocusing of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership so that teachers and school leaders have the maximum impact on student learning in all Australian schools.


Celebrating Australia’s educators aligns with the Government’s Students First policy, focusing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:


  • teacher quality
  • school autonomy
  • parental engagement
  • strengthening the curriculum.

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Minister for Education Leader of the House


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