Release type: Media Release


Teachers, parents and students have their say on future of school education


The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education

Nearly 25,000 teachers, parents, guardians and students have taken part in a national survey to help shape the future of school education.  

The survey responses are being considered by the Expert Panel review into the next National School Reform Agreement (NSRA), chaired by Dr Lisa O’Brien AM.

Key feedback from the survey includes:

  • 87 per cent of parents and 78 per cent of students said teachers give students the encouragement they needed.
  • 82 per cent of students say their school makes them feel welcome.
  • 74 per cent of teachers said reducing workload would help lift student outcomes.
  • 35 per cent of parents and 40 per cent of students are concerned about classroom disruption and its impact on learning.
  • 55 per cent of parents said access to small group and individual tutoring would support their child.
  • 77 per cent of parents and 59 per cent of teachers support improved access to allied health professionals, including occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

In total, 13,684 teachers, 8,494 parents/guardians and 2,790 students took part in the survey.

The Expert Panel will provide a final report to Education Ministers by 31 October 2023 advising on the reforms that should be tied to funding in the next NSRA.

The survey results can be found here.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

"Thank you to the teachers, parents and students who took part in this survey which will help shape a better and fairer education system.

“The results underscore just how important our teachers are and the incredible job they are doing in our schools.

“The survey also highlights the practical reforms that could make our education system a lot better and a lot fairer.

“We are committed to working with State and Territory Governments to get every school on a path to 100 per cent of its fair funding level.

“That funding is important, but so is what it’s spent on. This survey will help identify the practical things that are needed to help students who fall behind catch up and help more students finish high school.”