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Catholic education welcomes endorsement of Australian Curriculum (F-10)

National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins welcomes the endorsement today by Commonwealth, state and territory education ministers of the new Australian Curriculum (F-10), following a lengthy process of review, the first since 2014.

“Catholic education supports a consistent national curriculum that meets the needs of students and teachers, now and into the future,” Ms Collins said.

“The review of the Australian Curriculum has focused on refining, realigning and decluttering the content of the curriculum, while improving consistency across achievement standards. We have been working with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) throughout the consultation process to achieve these aims."

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Federal Budget: Catholic education welcomes the government’s commitment to early childhood and boarding students in regional and remote areas

Catholic education welcomes the Morrison Government’s commitments to increase early childhood services in regional and remote areas, and scholarships for boarding students, announced in tonight’s budget. 

National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said the government’s recognition of regional and remote areas in early childhood and boarding services will strengthen the work schools are already doing in these areas.

“As well as dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional, rural and remote areas in Australia have faced significant challenges in the past two years facing floods, drought and bushfires,” Ms Collins said.

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Federal Budget: Catholic education welcomes the government’s commitment to deliver national education priorities  

Catholic education welcomes the extension of the Non-Government Reform Support Fund for a further year to assist with the delivery of national reform priorities, announced in tonight’s budget.

National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said the government has provided $62.4 million to extend the National School Reform Fund and Non-Government Reform Support Fund until the end of 2023, aligned to Commonwealth and State Reform Agreements terms. 

“This will enable Catholic schools to continue to implement agreed national and state-based reform initiatives set out in the National School Reform Agreement, and other emerging priorities,” Ms Collins said.

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Extra funding for Indigenous boarding students an important move

Additional funding for Indigenous boarding students is an important and critical development, National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said today.

Additional funding for Indigenous boarding students is an important and critical development, National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said today.“The federal government’s move to extend the Indigenous Boarding Providers grants program by an additional $17.3 million will help improve educational outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” Ms Collins said.

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Catholic schools achieve high gains in NAPLAN

More than 100 Catholic schools across Australia have been recognised by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for the high gains achieved by students in the latest NAPLAN scores.

National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said 105 Catholic schools, which includes both primary and secondary, were among the top 500 Australian schools achieving well above the average progress in their NAPLAN scores between 2019 and 2021.

“This result reflects the commitment of our school communities to ongoing improvement in learning and teaching across all states and territories,” Ms Collins said.

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Broad approach to respectful relationships will help keep young people safer

Labor’s announcement today of $77 million to teach students about respectful relationships recognises a broad approach is needed to prevent violence and keep young people safe.

National Catholic education executive director Jacinta Collins said Labor’s plan to ensure quality, age-appropriate respect education programs will support a consistent approach across all sectors and states.

“We’ve seen too many examples where young people do not feel safe and have not been appropriately supported to seek help or identify harmful behaviours."

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Final report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review – an important step forward

Today’s release of the final report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review is an important step forward for teacher education, National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins, said.

“The report builds on the strength of current programs and practices to support the delivery of quality teaching and to ensure Australian students receive a high quality education.

“Its key recommendations are aimed at attracting high-quality, diverse candidates, ensuring evidence-based preparation and inducting new teachers well.”

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Catholic education welcomes bipartisan support for faith-based schools in Religious Discrimination legislation

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the bipartisan support of faith-based schools by Australia’s major parties and calls on the Parliament to pass the Religious Discrimination legislation without delay.

“Both major parties have acknowledged the importance of our schools maintaining their religious ethos with their support for the protections proposed in the Religious Discrimination Bill,” National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said.

“This important legislation realises Australia’s international responsibility to protect religious freedom including establishing religious schools and the rights of parents to ensure the education of their children in line with their religious beliefs and values.”

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Teaching students to work in Catholic schools to address the COVID-19 teacher shortage and plan for future workforce needs

In a joint partnership between the Australian Catholic University and the National Catholic Education Commission, teacher education students will be employed in NSW Catholic schools as paraprofessionals to address the growing shortage of teachers and provide paid, in-the-classroom experience.

The plan will not only address the short-term challenges posed by COVID-19, it is part of a long-term strategy to place highly trained, workplace-ready graduates into AustralianCatholic schools and early childhood education centres.

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NCEC congratulates Eva Skira AM on appointment to CECWA

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the appointment of Eva Skira AM as a Commissioner and Chair-elect of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA).

National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins congratulated Ms Skira saying she looked forward to working with her when she takes up the appointment in June.

“Eva brings considerable experience and a strong commitment to Catholic education to the CECWA,” Ms Collins said.

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