Report

The future of schooling in Australia

25 Sep 2007
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This report includes a new statement on the future of schooling in Australia and a twelve-point action plan to which all states and territories have agreed. It proposes a national framework for schooling based on the principle that the quality and performance of teachers, schools and jurisdictions are central to the life prospects of every student and to national prosperity. The Council for the Australian Federation comprises the Premiers and Chief Ministers of all States and Territories. This report includes a new statement on the future of schooling in Australia, and a twelve-point action plan to which all states and territories have agreed. The report proposes a national framework for schooling, based on the principle that the quality and performance of teachers, schools and jurisdictions are central to the life prospects of every student and to national prosperity.

Through the Council, States and Territories work together to improve the way that the many services that affect Australians' lives are delivered. Part of the Council’s role is to contribute to the debate of Commonwealth and State and Territory roles and responsibilities. In October 2006, the Council established a steering committee, chaired by Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education, to review the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century, which was jointly signed by the States, Territories and the Commonwealth in 1999.

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2007
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