This report presents three priorities for school education from leaders in Australian education studies.
Priority 1: Deliver at least one year’s growth in learning for every student every year
In proposing this priority, the Review Panel reinforced that the fundamentals for supporting all students do not change citing personalised learning as improving educational outcomes for all students. More radically, it proposed that schools move away from a year based curriculum to one expressed as learning progressions independent of year or age. They propose that teachers be given practical support through an online, formative assessment tool for diagnosis, identification of the next area of learning and tracking of progress. They also encourage collaborative planning, teaching and assessment.
Priority 2: Equip every child to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world
In response to our changing world: economically, socially and technologically, the review panel emphasises the above and also that students require an education with the right mix of knowledge, skills and understanding. Thus, a key future goal is for education to respond to these challenges, including increased emphasis on teaching the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. They also propose a review of senior secondary education to ensure it adequately prepares students for their future world.
Priority 3: Cultivate an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving education system
Continuous improvement includes the curriculum, reporting and assessment models to workforce development, and community and parent and carer engagement. They highlight the importance of high expectations for students, educators and schools through adaptation and innovation. They seek a concentration on instructional leadership while limiting non-core activities, such as administrative tasks. They also desire an increase in the attractiveness of teaching and school leadership by creating clearer career paths and recognition of expertise.