The Australian Education Union (AEU) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (The Review). The AEU represents more than 187,000 members including principals, teachers and allied educators in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services, and early childhood education centres. Given that the majority of the AEU’s members work in government schools, we are well-placed to provide insights gained from the considerable collective experience of our members that will be of great benefit to The Review.
In support of this submission, the AEU has undertaken a study exploring the experiences and perspectives of teachers and principals about core elements of a high quality public education system. The study includes a national survey of N=4069 respondents in the public school system. The survey was conducted between September and October 2017.
It is the view of the AEU that the formulation of effective educational policies cannot be achieved without substantial and ongoing input from those educators who are involved in the daily tasks associated with ensuring that students have every chance to learn and grow to their fullest extent.