The commitments are outlined in the policy statement ‘From new directions to action: world class teaching and leadership’ which sets out a clear agenda for raising the quality of all levels of teacher education from pre-service education, to teacher excellence and support as well as professional leadership.
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the University particularly welcomed the Government’s commitment to deeper and stronger partnerships between universities and schools.
‘This approach will provide a future focussed approach to both teacher education and teaching and learning in schools. It will help address the perceived distance between pre-service teacher education and our school classrooms,’ Professor Dewar said.
‘The Government’s partnerships model is squarely in line with the work of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Education, including the Faculty’s pilot of the Charles La Trobe Teaching School, which was launched by Minister Peter Hall earlier this month.
‘Our pilot exhibits all of the features of the Government’s policy statement released today. It ensures the curricula of both our pre-service teacher education and the school are premised on common pillars and principles. It also means teachers from the school and teacher education staff within the University are working closely together to support teacher training and school students.
Dean of Faculty of Education, Professor Lorraine Ling said the Charles La Trobe Teaching School was showing promising early signs of success.
‘Teacher training through collaborative school- university partnerships like this will provide the best opportunity to improve the outcomes for students in schools and for pre-service teacher education in universities.’ Professor Ling said.
‘This model also has great potential to help attract stronger candidates into the teaching profession as it provides a real-life experience and squarely links the theory of teaching with teaching practice in authentic contexts.
‘The Government’s intention, as set out in the policy statement released today, to create Academies of Professional Practice to improve student teacher preparation is especially welcomed by La Trobe, as this approach supports the teaching School model which La Trobe intends to extend following this year’s highly successful pilot.
‘These Academies promise to raise the quality of outcomes of teaching and learning at all levels and to create genuine partnerships and communities of practice in schools and universities in order to create world class education and leadership in Victorian schools.’
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