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Nominations Open for Teaching Awards - 3 March 2009 - Media Release

Minister for Education Julia Gillard today called for nominations of outstanding teachers, principals and schools for theAustralian Awards for Teaching Excellenceto be held in October in association with World Teachers Day.

The prestigious awards celebrate the work of our best and brightest teachers and recognise the crucial role they play in improving educational outcomes.

Parents, students and the community are encouraged to nominate excellent teachers, principals, staff and schools with more than $1 million in prize money available for 64 awards across the teaching profession.

These awards pay tribute to the exceptional contribution teachers and principals make to young people’s lives and support the Council of Australian Government’s reform agenda to promote quality teaching and effective school leadership so that every Australian child receives a world class education.

The Rudd Government will invest $550 million on quality teaching and school leadership over the next four years through a new National Partnership with the States and Territories.

Having quality teachers in our classrooms is essential to improving performance in literacy and numeracy, increasing student engagement, achievement and well-being, providing better support for students in low SES status communities, and improving the outcomes for Indigenous students.

Teaching Australia, the independent body funded by the Government to strengthen and advance the teaching profession, will manage the awards program.

Nominations for the awards are now open on the Teaching Australia website, www.teachingaustralia.edu.au