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Prove Teaching Skills in Classroom or Fail Course

The federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that from 2018 all teaching students will need to pass a teacher performance assessment before they can graduate and in so doing prove that they are ‘classroom ready’.

The Australian (Aug 31) ran a story on the renewed focus on proving student teacher’s competence before they land in the classroom. Some key paragraphs:

“Student teachers will need to prove hands-on competence in the classroom before they can graduate from next year, as part of a game-changing assessment designed to lift the nation’s education standards.

“We’ve had common standards. We haven’t had common evidence requirements — that’s why it is the game-changer,’’ Professor Wyatt-Smith said.

“The national focus on education has shifted from the bruising political battle over federal school funding after the Turnbull government secured crossbench Senate support to legislate an additional $23.5 billion Gonski 2.0 package, and returned to the debate about the best ways to improve student performance.”

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As a result of these changes many Australian universities are working on ways to determine the suitability of new students entering into teaching degrees. This story is about “Victorian schools [who] are scrambling to prepare senior students for a new test which screens those applying for teaching degrees for resilience, ethics and empathy.”

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