New UC quality teaching and learning centre - 26 August 2013


Minister for Education Bill Shorten, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann

The Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning will deliver professional learning programs and research from next year under a new agreement signed with the University of Canberra.

As announced in May 2013, the Rudd Labor Government is investing $26 million in the Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning to support the implementation of the Better Schools Plan in the ACT and beyond.

The Minister for Education Bill Shorten was joined by the Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann at the University of Canberra today to celebrate the new partnership and witness firsthand the cutting edge teaching technology that the University of Canberra offers.

The $26 million Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning will support the Better Schools goal of being in the world’s top five in reading, numeracy and science by 2025.

Research has shown that there is nothing which influences student performance more than the teacher standing in front of the classroom.

By investing in teacher education and development, we are directly investing in the quality of the education our children receive.

With the agreement finalised, work is now underway to appoint a board and recruit staff for the Centre.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker confirmed today that teachers could be updating their skills in the Centre as early as January next year.

Of the $26 million available over six years, $2 million is for establishment costs and the remaining funding will be allocated in equal proportions to Professional Development, and Research and Development into Teacher Effectiveness and Performance Feedback.

Minister Shorten congratulated the University of Canberra on being at the forefront of teacher education, particularly in the fields where Australia needs to improve.

The Centre is being established in association with the University of Canberra and the ACT Government to support the implementation of the reforms under the Better Schools Plan.

Federal Labor is investing in education because we know that it reaps dividends well beyond the school gate.

Funding for this project is already included in the budget.

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