Progress on national school reforms

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

A national agreement to improve education standards for every Australian school student is a step closer today.


Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan and his state and territory ministerial colleagues on the Education Council today agreed in-principle to progress the National School Reform Agreement to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), subject to the negotiation of bilateral agreements.


Mr Tehan said the National School Reform Agreement would establish a roadmap to improve how we educate our kids with more support for teachers and a focus on students learning the core basics of literacy and numeracy.


“Today was my first Education Council meeting as Minister and I am very proud that we have made significant progress in delivering reforms to the education system that will benefit every Australian school student,” Mr Tehan said.

“We all understand the importance of education and want every child to have the educational opportunities to realise their potential.

“The Federal Government is providing record funding to our education system but money alone will not ensure that our children get a world-leading education – that is what these reforms are about.

“One of the key initiatives will be the creation of a single student identifier that will follow a student through their entire education, and even across state borders, allowing the collection and analysis of comprehensive data to understand how every student is learning and where they need help.

“I will now concentrate on finalising the bilateral funding agreements with each state and territory.”

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