NSW – Damning report into Primary Teacher Training

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In the past few days the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards, has released the findings of the first Australian investigation of exactly what primary teachers are being taught in their training.

In the past few days the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards, has released the findings of the first Australian investigation of exactly what primary teachers are being taught in their training.

It is a damning report, worthy of both parental and teacher anger – and it mirrors exactly what experienced, dedicated teachers and researchers have been saying for many years: that teacher trainers have been pushing unscientific ideologies and research-free theories down the throats of student teachers instead of equipping them with the practical and research-based skills needed by beginner readers.

The NSW audit accuses teacher trainers of not only failing to equip trainees with the systematic phonic skills unanimously recommended by three national inquiries (USA, UK and Australia), the universities also showed reluctance to even cooperate with the audit.

The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli has therefore suggested that flawed teacher training breaches contractual undertaking to trainees by not equipping them to teach. He therefore recommended that the federal government should now step in and use its coercive powers ‘to ensure that universities are doing what they are supposed to”.

The audit also urges schools to independently identify gaps in their teaching and to commission post-graduate retraining. Given that Tasmanian literacy levels are even worse than those in NSW, this report is especially relevant for Tasmanians.

Byron

One thought on “NSW – Damning report into Primary Teacher Training

  1. The single trait shared by all highly successful early grade teachers is that they all stress handwriting practice to fluency. This could easily be proven, but no one cares to do the study.

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