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Teachers to have their say on the profession in forums next week

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A federal parliamentary committee enquiring about the status of the teaching profession will hold meetings in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Rockhampton next week hoping to identify what it takes for Australia to have a world-class education system.

"Australia’s teachers inspire, engage and challenge students to be the best they can. Although there are more teachers in Australia than ever, the attrition rate from the profession is rising," Chair of the House Education Committee, Andrew Laming MP said.

"We are looking at building better career structures and pathways for teachers to ensure that the profession remains fulfilling and rewarding for educators. We are also hoping to hear about ways to support teachers more generally, in and outside the classroom, to reduce the amount of time spent on out-of-hours work.

"We also want to overcome constraints such as inflexible curriculum delivery; reporting and assessment practices; lack of evidence-based research and readily available classroom applications; as well as time pressures and a lack of support for principals to develop professional autonomy.

"We have had submissions from around Australia, and had to make some early decisions about who we could speak with first. I hope that this important work can be continued regardless of any election result – it's important public policy for Australia. In announcing these first hearings, we hope to keep the discussion going, and learn from teachers at the coal face, about what they want and how their expertise and their profession can be better valued," Laming said.

All hearings will be streamed live via the Parliament’s website.

Meetings will be held on:
4 March Brisbane 
8.00am – 11.15am, Commonwealth Parliament Offices Boardroom
, Level 36, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane

4 March Bokarina (Sunshine Coast)
 3.00pm – 5.00pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Lake View Room 
114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina 

5 March Sydney 
10.00am – 1.15pm, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Meeting Room, Level 21
1 Bligh Street, Sydney 

6 March Melbourne
 9.30am – 1.15pm, The University of Melbourne, Dean’s Boardroom
, Level 12, 198 Berkeley Street (The Spot Building), Carlton

7 March Adelaide
 10.00am – 12.00pm, Old Parliament House, Watarru Room, 1st Floor 
North Terrace, Adelaide

8 March Rockhampton 
10.00am – 12.00pm, Rockhampton Leagues Club 
Cambridge Street Rockhampton


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