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A national conversation with principals

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, will this week invite 150 school principals to Canberra to discuss the Rudd Government’s Education Revolution.

The two-day national principal forum, to be held on 10 and 11 November, will focus on how the Government can help principals lift educational outcomes for all students.

I want to have a national conversation with school principals about the challenges they are facing on the ground.

It also gives me the opportunity to speak directly to principals about the reforms the government is pursuing in education and the difference they will make for their schools and their students.

The Rudd Government is obviously investing an unprecedented amount of new funding in education but there are also some fundamental changes taking place which we want to discuss with principals.

Topics at the forum will include the new national curriculum, assessment, reporting, literacy and numeracy, school infrastructure, Indigenous education and student wellbeing.

The Government is working cooperatively with all school sectors to deliver the Smarter Schools reform agenda; $1.5 billion for disadvantaged school communities, $540 million to improve literacy and numeracy and $550 million for quality teaching and school leadership.

Principals will also have the opportunity to engage directly with the new Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA); the first national education authority in the country’s history.

The Government is eager to talk to principals about the role of the new Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) which will promote excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership.

The Rudd Government understands that quality teaching and school leadership is critical to improving student achievement.

The Rudd Government’s National Conversation with Principals is about sharing our vision for the future of education in Australia with the leaders of our schools.

Principals from government, Catholic and independent schools in each State and Territory will be invited to participate in the national forum. They will be invited through the six national principal associations operating throughout Australia.

For further information on the Smarter Schools National Partnerships visit: www.deewr.gov.au/smarterschools