MEDIA RELEASE: LABOR’S NATIONAL SCHOOLS FORUM: EVIDENCE, EQUITY, AND EXCELLENCE IN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS & ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

 THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

LABOR’S NATIONAL SCHOOLS FORUM: EVIDENCE, EQUITY, AND EXCELLENCE IN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

Labor is holding a National Schools Forum in Melbourne today to hear from parents, teachers, principals, and academics about what works best to improve schools and student results.

Labor will restore every dollar of the $17 billion the Liberals have cut from schools. That extra investment must achieve better results for our children. 

Under the Liberals, there is not only much less money for schools, there’s no plan to improve them either - not one more kid graduating high school, no improvement in literacy and numeracy, or teaching quality. 

In government, Labor negotiated a plan with the states and territories (including agreed reforms, targets, and goals) to improve schools. Labor also enshrined a number of those targets and goals in federal law

The Liberals have scrapped the plan Labor negotiated with the states and territories to improve schools. The Liberals have removed targets and goals for school improvement from federal law too. 

The Liberals are in their fifth year of government, but they have no national agreement on school funding or reform. This is a complete failure of leadership.

Children, parents, and teachers deserve better. 

Yet again, where the Liberals have failed, Labor will lead.

That’s why we’re holding this National Schools Forum. 

Labor wants every Australian child to get a quality education that allows them to make the most of their talents.

We want all Australian schools to be great schools, where children make strong progress each and every year.

We want to raise the status of the teaching profession, and better support principals.

We want teachers and school leaders to have the time and resources to be life-long learners, continually evaluating the evidence and adopting the practices that work best for the children in their classrooms.

Labor believes that starts with proper funding for schools – and we’ve committed to restoring every dollar of the $17 billion the Liberals have cut. 

But we must also focus on the other changes we need to ensure Australia has a world class school education system, where a child’s postcode does not determine their future. 

During the Forum, we will identify and discuss the changes needed to ensure excellence, tackle educational disadvantage, and make certain all Australian children leave school with the skills they need to participate in their community, and in our changing economy.

MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2017