ACU has welcomed the release of a government report into teacher training and endorsed the report's key proposals.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has welcomed the release of a report in teacher education titled “Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers” by the Commonwealth’s Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG).
ACU endorsed the report’s key proposals for:
• strengthening quality assurance • selecting teaching students • integrating theory and practice • ensuring classroom readiness among graduate teachers • improving teacher effectiveness and workforce planning.
Chaired by ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, TEMAG was established to provide advice on how teacher education programs could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the right mix of academic and professional skills needed for the classroom.
ACU Provost, Professor Pauline Nugent said the report’s recommendations sought to enhance practices across the teacher education sector and would help to deliver better outcomes for graduate teachers and school students across Australia.
“As Australia’s leading provider in teacher education, ACU welcomes the report’s recommendations that will ensure a better approach to quality teacher preparation across the 48 institutions in the sector,” Professor Nugent said.
“The report’s recommendations will help ensure education graduates enter the workforce as effective teachers.”
Professor Nugent said that ACU had a strong track record of ensuring its graduate teachers were classroom ready.
“ACU ensures that all our education students gain the professional skills and knowledge needed to become effective teachers,” Professor Nugent said.
“Our strong relationships with Catholic, independent and public schools mean our students are guaranteed professional industry placements to enhance their academic program.
“ACU is also responsive to the needs of schools. Examples of the University’s responsiveness include encouraging students to specialise in a discipline, a strong focus on special needs students and a greater investment in school-based mentoring programs.
“This is why ACU education students enjoy strong job outcomes, with 96 per cent employed within four months of graduation.”
ACU is Australia’s only truly national university with seven campuses around the country.