Release type: Media Release


AITSL to help improve teacher education to put students first


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Improving initial teacher education, helping principals be better leaders and providing better professional development tools for teachers will form part of the work of the re-focussed Australian Institute for Teaching School Leadership (AITSL) in 2015.
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and AITSL Chair, Professor John Hattie today launched a Statement of Intent outlining AITSL’s mission for the coming year.
“The Australian Government knows that you simply cannot provide young Australians with a first-rate education without first-rate teachers,” Mr Pyne said.
“We also know that students do better at schools where the principal has more say over how the school runs and where the school has strong links to families, the community, local businesses and organisations.
“Our Students First policy has a laser-like focus on four areas that will make a difference to students. These are teacher quality, school autonomy, parental engagement and strengthening the curriculum.
“That’s why I have established an expert Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, commissioned a widely welcomed review of the national curriculum and why we are investing $70 million to help principals get the skills they need to have more say over how their school runs.
“And that’s why I asked Professor John Hattie who Chairs AITSL to write a Statement of Intent I am releasing today  that sets out the focus for the organisation for the next year, a focus that will help the Government put students first.”
Minister Pyne said that the re-focussed AITSL will play an important role in taking forward the recommendations of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory.
“AITSL is doing great work to support our Students First approach and has already developed national initiatives relating to professional teaching standards, the quality of initial teacher education, registration and teacher performance and development.
“I look forward to working with Professor Hattie and his colleagues to help make teaching a more respected and rewarding career and to improve the education young Australians get at schools across the country,” Mr Pyne said.
For further information on how the Australian Government is putting students first, visit:
For a copy of AITL’s Statement of Intent, go to