Respected education academic John Hattie will continue to lead Australia’s efforts to improve teaching quality and school leadership.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Laureate Professor had been reappointed for a third term as Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
“Professor Hattie brings extensive experience and skills to this role and his reappointment is based on his significant contribution to improving quality in Australian schools and the teaching and school leadership profession,” Mr Tehan said.
“Professor Hattie’s own research indicates that a student’s achievements can be improved by as much as 30 per cent if they experience quality teaching.”
The achievements of AITSL under Professor Hattie’s leadership have included the implementation of the government’s response to the recommendations of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, which Mr Tehan said have strengthened the classroom readiness of our graduate teachers.
“A key focus of Professor Hattie’s tenure will be reviewing red tape to ensure teachers can focus on teaching and not paperwork, as well as addressing the abuse of teachers and school leaders,” he said.
“Professor Hattie will also finalise a national strategy to support better teacher workforce planning, and work on further strengthening the initial teacher education accreditation system.
“I thank Professor Hattie for his commitment to quality teaching and look forward to continuing to work with him to improve the outcomes of Australian students.”