Review into regional, rural and remote education

2 March 2017 | Author: Mark Spencer

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University to lead an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review will consider the key challenges and barriers that impact on students’ learning outcomes, including transitions toward, and success regarding, further study, training and employment.

The Review will consider the 'key ideas, challenges and barriers that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote students' with the aim of providing recommendations on supporting improved access and achievement of these students in school and their transition to further study, training and employment.

According to the Terms of Reference the Review will investigate:

  • the gap in educational achievement between regional, rural and remote students and metropolitan students
  • the key barriers and challenges that impact on the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students, including aspirations and access issues
  • the appropriateness and effectiveness of current modes of education delivered to these students, including the use of information and communications technology and the importance of face to face regional, rural and remote education provision
  • the effectiveness of public policies and programs that have been implemented to bridge the divide
  • the gaps and opportunities to help students successfully transition from school to further study, training and employment
  • innovative approaches that support regional, rural and remote students to succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment.

In addition to planned stakeholder consultations in July and August a discussion paper and online platform for public submissions will become available from April 2017.

Schools, parents or other community members are invited to register interest in being informed when public submissions open here.

CSA member schools in regional, rural and remote areas will be contacted for input and feedback into our submission to the Review. In the meantime if you want to make any comments or ask questions about the Review please don't hesitate to contact our office.