Education

Primary and Secondary Education

  • The Australian Progressives will legislate to improve teacher training and remuneration in a similar way to the successful Finnish model.

  • The Australian Progressives will review the national curriculum in order to bring best practice education, with a particular focus on changing one-size-fits-all paradigms, instead encouraging each child’s agency and interests, supporting a thirst for knowledge and the teaching of research, mindfulness, and sound argument.

  • The Australian Progressives will remove excessive testing and inappropriate pushing down of the curriculum and homework into early childhood.

  • The Australian Progressives will work with the education departments and experts to provide improved PE/Health information/education in the curriculum.

  • The Australian Progressives will work towards a system that recognises a range of achievement and types of capability.

  • The Australian Progressives will place an emphasis on early intervention for children with special needs.

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce policy to reduce class sizes, particularly in literacy and numeracy lessons, in lower socio-economic demographics and in those schools with significant percentage of special needs students.

  • The Australian Progressives will ensure core skills to be taught in a meaningful way.

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce a greater emphasis on play and creativity in the school week.

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce a curriculum which de-emphasises homework, standardised testing and academic league tables.

  • The Australian Progressives will boost support for creative arts, design, making, problem solving and teamwork activities.

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce a curriculum which actively teaches mental health, social skills, civics and skills to support students’ use of the internet.

  • The Australian Progressives will boost support for science, technology, engineering and Maths.

Tertiary

  • The Australian Progressives support needs-based funding and world-leading public free tertiary education for all.

  • The Australian Progressives oppose the deregulation of university and TAFE fees.

  • The Australian Progressives oppose the sale, lease or other privatisation of tertiary education.

  • The Australian Progressives support transparency of finances and student body need.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to wind back private tertiary funding and lift regulatory oversight conditions.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to stamp out predatory training organisations.

  • The Australian Progressives support an increase in the value and availability of Commonwealth postgraduate research scholarships.

Play

  • The Australian Progressives will develop policy to create more challenging play environments for children.

  • The Australian Progressives will endorse an education campaign around health benefits vs risks of challenging play.

  • The Australian Progressives will empower local communities to furnish play-based educational settings with open-ended toys and loose parts rather than single-purpose toys.

Early Childhood

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce childcare and pre-school as part of the public education system.

  • The Australian Progressives will endorse a curriculum of play based learning delivered by trained professional staff.

Funding

  • The Australian Progressives will introduce needs-based funding and world-leading public free education for all. 

  • The Australian Progressives will ensure infrastructure and equipment funding will transition to being provided only for public education or retained public ownership. 

  • The Australian Progressives will transition private education to a fee-free and discrimination-free offering as a condition of full-public funding.

Educator Development and Conditions

  • The Australian Progressives propose that additional positions be created for qualified teachers.

  • The Australian Progressives will raise entry requirements for teaching courses and aim to improve public perception of teaching as an honourable, respected profession.

  • The Australian Progressives will make all teacher education free and raise teaching salaries to a level commensurate with other professionals.

  • The Australian Progressives will support Indigenous applicants for teacher education.

Life-long Education

  • The Australian Progressives support policy that would provide retraining support for older workers.

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