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Gonski to lead review with panel of seven announced

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham released a statement naming the panel of experts that will lead an inquiry into ensuring that the new investment in schools actually boosts the results of Australian students.

Birmingham said the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools would be led by David Gonski AC and a panel of seven educators and policy experts.

The Review would likely focus on strengthening the accreditation standards of teacher training courses, ensuring graduate teachers have literacy and numeracy skills amongst the top 30 per cent of the adult population and a ‘back to basics’ focus on phonics and numeracy teaching.

“This panel of experts brings together a wealth of knowledge from across Australia, blending individuals with practical classroom experience or school leadership roles with national leaders in public policy.  The experience of panel members stretches from overcoming challenges in regional and remote areas or disadvantaged and Indigenous communities through to a strong appreciation of the demands the modern economy will place on future school leavers. Their recommendations will be able to draw on that extensive experience and expertise.

“This Review will set a pathway to turnaround our stagnating and declining student performance and help to boost the preparedness of students for life after school. This is an opportunity to move past the funding debate that has dominated public discussion for so long and hone in on what Australia really needs to do in our homes, classrooms and beyond to give our students the best shot at success.

“I encourage states, territories, non-government school systems and all stakeholders to constructively engage with the Review, to think outside the square and seize the opportunity to shape the best possible educational opportunities for future generations,” Birmingham said.

The panel conducting the Review includes:

• Chair - David Gonski AC
• Dr Ken Boston AO
• Terrey Arcus AM
• Dr Lisa O’Brien
• Valerie Gould
• Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM
• Wendy Johnson
• Michael Roberts

David Gonski said: "The review panel has a unique opportunity to assist in putting Australian schooling on a better path for success. I believe that the panel has an excellent balance of skills and backgrounds to work on quality reforms."

The Review will report to the Prime Minister and Minister Birmingham by March 2018. It will examine evidence and make recommendations on the most effective teaching and learning strategies and initiatives to be deployed.

Further information about the Review and panel members is available here.

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