Minister has classroom practices in his sights

Kerri Carr

Collaboration will be a key focus.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has commissioned a research paper to “guide the next stage of our reforms”, he told the Australian Primary Principals’ Association Annual Conference on October 22.

The Minister said the reforms would target classroom practices that have the biggest effect on improving student outcomes.

“Supporting students in primary schools means supporting teachers and school leaders to deepen their knowledge of the teaching, learning and leading that occurs in excellent schools.

Every student deserves teachers who have high expectations of them and who can create the best conditions in which to learn,” Mr Piccoli said.

Among the reforms will be a focus on teacher collaboration. Mr Piccoli said it was the key to sharing successful and innovative teaching practices across the teaching profession.

“In other countries, teachers are encouraged to work together to jointly plan lessons, observe each other’s lessons and help each other improve by providing effective feedback as part of a structured whole-school approach,” he said.

Mr Piccoli said the reforms would also have an emphasis on creating cultures of high expectations for all students, explicit teaching, effective feedback, use of data to inform practice, classroom management and student wellbeing.

The Centre for Educational Statistics and Evaluation is conducting the research.

Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the union would be interested in shaping any policy initiatives that arose from the study.