UA Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said universities stand ready to continue attracting and producing the nation’s best teachers.
“Universities graduate around 16,000 new teachers each year, so we know that holding ourselves to a standard which improves and maintains quality is crucial,” Ms Jackson said.
“The university sector understands high-quality initial teacher education is fundamental to student learning outcomes and ultimately the strength of our nation.”
There are a range of important factors that influence the quality of teaching and learning in schools, including working conditions, career prospects, remuneration, respect for the profession and professional development opportunities.
“Given the range of factors that influence the quality of teaching in Australia, we look forward to working with the Expert Panel chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney, Professor Mark Scott. It is fundamentally important the panel works through the complexities to ensure we avoid any unintended consequences,” Ms Jackson said.
“Any proposed changes to allocation of places may lead to reductions in the supply of teachers. We cannot afford to reduce a workforce already under pressure. This is important right across Australia, and especially in regional and remote areas.”
“Initial teacher education is only part of the story. We welcome the opportunity to work with the expert panel to ensure Australia has the high-quality education system our children deserve.”