The Future of Education: An ACT Education Strategy for the Next Ten Years
Foreword by Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry, MLA
Every parent wants the very best for their child, both during childhood and into their future lives.
But even in wealthy communities like the ACT children start life in vastly different places, with different backgrounds and circumstances affecting their opportunity for a good life.
Education has an incredible power to level all of this out. Education allows children to reach their potential.
The ACT Government believes every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. Our education system must support all children to overcome and achieve. Our education system must mould mature and resilient adults. It must establish success for the future and it will do this by providing equity, through responding to the needs of each individual.
The Future of Education Strategy sets out how the ACT Government will strive towards this for the next generation. It applies to the whole system including all schools, government and non-government. Alongside it, the government’s Early Childhood Strategy will make sure every child is set up for success.
At the core of the Future of Education Strategy is an acknowledgement of the human diversity among students. The ACT education system of the future will be personalised to each child. It will celebrate the differences that affect needs, abilities, motivations, interests and aspirations. It will take a holistic view of the people it serves—our children and young people. The Strategy is about developing capable adults who have learnt to learn, live productively in society, think, create and work in an increasingly digital future.
The future of education in the ACT will achieve this through increasingly investing in and empowering teachers. Teachers change lives. After personal factors related to a child, teachers are the single most significant factor in student achievement. Teachers take children as they are knowing that they start at very different levels of education and development, and with lots of things going on in their lives.
So the Strategy begins with an awareness that teachers are expert professionals highly skilled at working with their students to lead them through their learning journey. With this context, the ACT education system of the future will continue and grow professionalism among teachers. It will take a structured approach to providing appropriate instructional leadership and ensure a focus on delivering quality teaching, consistently in every classroom, beginning with who and how new teachers are trained. And it will also recognise that teachers work among a team of people including other educators, allied learning professionals and support staff, who are equally committed to students.
Schools are increasingly being asked to facilitate a range of services for young people. The Strategy also recognises that learning environments are places that bring people together as a community and enable relationships to form between people and services. The future of education in the ACT will take advantage of this to provide strong communities, focused on enabling learning.
Achieving these aspirations will require a closer look at the organisational systems that provide learning communities. Things like legislation, resources, structures, culture, public accountability and reporting, teaching tools, data and IT, in many ways dictate the outcomes achieved.
Importantly, the Future of Education Strategy is not a static or comprehensive list of disjointed actions. It is a roadmap for continued focus and investment from a government committed to the very best future for the ACT’s children.
Yvette Berry MLA
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development.
About the Strategy
This strategy outlines the plan for education in the ACT for the next decade.
It is based on what the ACT Government heard through a conversation with the ACT community and an analysis of issues by a range of education and community experts. It recognises strengths and points to where the ACT might do better.
The strategy is based in four foundations, four principles for implementation and a ‘roadmap’ for implementing actions over the next 10 years.
The foundations draw together and co-ordinate a range of actions. The foundations focus improvements to education on what matters most.
The principles underpin implementation of the strategy. These principles shape and guide thinking, planning and delivery of education for every ACT student.
The strategy establishes a strategic policy direction that informs a range of future initiatives and project work rather than simply listing disjointed remedies.
Adjoining it is the ACT Early Childhood Strategy that aims to ensure each child is set up for success from the beginning of life.
The conversation between 5,000 people in the ACT community, 2,400 of them students, took place over a year and a half. The outcomes of the Future of Education conversation appear in a number of documents:
- Future of Education Strategy
- Future of Education Consultation Report
- Future of Education Research Report
- Future of Education Implementation Plan
The Foundations for the Future of Education
Four foundations emerged from the broad consultation process. The foundations draw together and co-ordinate a range of actions. They focus improvements to education on what matters most.
The foundations of the strategy are to:
- place students at the centre of their learning
- empower teachers, school leaders and other professionals to meet the learning needs of all students
- build strong communities for learning
- strengthen systems to focus on equity with quality
Principles for Implementing the Strategy
Putting It All Together – Actions for the Future of Education
This strategy sets the direction for the future of education in the ACT, a journey to be taken in phases over the next 10 years. An implementation plan accompanies this strategy and provides further details.
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