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Chair’s Foreword

I am pleased to introduce AITSL’s second Initial Teacher Education: Data Report. Since we released the first report in May 2013, the debate over the quality and direction of initial teacher education has intensified. The first data report has contributed to the quality of that debate.

The 2014 report builds on the collection of baseline data assembled for the initial report, bringing together nationally available data on initial teacher education in Australia. For the 2014 report, additional data has been collected including time series data as well as data on the first year retention rates in initial teacher education. The addition of time series, in particular, allows for greater identification of trends and comparative analysis. The 2014 report also incorporates the results from the 2013 Staff in Australia’s Schools Survey.

The data presented in this report highlight the scale and diversity of initial teacher education in Australia. Over 78,000 students were enrolled in initial teacher education in 2012, in over 400 courses at 48 providers. They study on campus and online, full-time and part-time, and at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They enter initial teacher education through diverse pathways, and graduate into employment across the range of Australian schools. This report will make a significant contribution to informing the continuous improvement of initial teacher education in the country.

Professor John Hattie
Chair, AITSL Board

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