25 September 2023

Gates open on rural education report

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The findings of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education have been made public.

Led by an Emeritus Professor at Flinders University, Dr John Halsey, the report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education makes 11 recommendations across four priorities.

Dr Halsey said he had been asked to consider the key issues, challenges and barriers that impacted on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote students and to identify innovative and fresh approaches to support improved access and achievement.

“To undertake the review, I have received and assessed submissions, consulted widely and extensively, and considered relevant research literature and reports,” Dr Halsey said.

He said his team had held community meetings and face-to-face consultations in 21 regional, rural and remote locations and received 340 submissions lodged by members of the public, Government Agencies, education authorities, private sector organisations and the philanthropic sector.

Welcoming the report, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Dr Halsey’s priorities included the establishment of a national focus for regional, rural and remote education, training and research, and a focus on research for successful learning.

Mr. McCormack said Dr Halsey also prioritised addressing the information communication and technology needs in regional, rural and remote locations and focussing on the transitions into and out of school.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said Dr Halsey’s report identified gaps and room for improvement across a variety of areas of Australia’s education system.

“Most importantly, this report highlights there is no silver bullet,” Senator Birmingham said.

The 106-page report can be accessed at this PS News link.

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