Teacher Training Review

Further evidence of Haileybury standing as one of the leading schools for literacy and numeracy outcomes in the country was provided last week with the inclusion of Deputy Principal John Fleming on the Federal Government’s seven person committee to review  teacher training in Australia.

John is Australia’s leading expert on the explicit teaching model which has been in place across all of Haileybury’s campuses for six years.  Four years ago the School also set up the Haileybury Institute.  A key part of the Institute’s function is to support schools around the country in improving their literacy and numeracy outcomes through use of the explicit teaching model.  In the past two years the most improved schools based on national testing results in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have all worked with John and the Haileybury Institute.  A number of these schools have been profiled in articles in The Australian newspaper.  Haileybury was of course ranked as one of the leading primary schools in the country for literacy and numeracy based on the 2012 NAPLAN data analysis done by The Australian.  Haileybury’s 2013 results saw further improvement but have yet to be published on the My School website.

The review of teacher training in Australia is a most welcome initiative from the Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne and John will make a strong contribution to the Committee which will be chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Greg Craven.

Changes to teaching training are important if Australia is going to improve education outcomes.  We are fortunate in Victoria in that Monash University and the University of Melbourne both have excellent programs for teacher education.  Haileybury maintains good relationships with both universities and nearly all of our graduate teachers come from these two institutions.  Importantly, both universities have high ATAR score entry levels for education courses and are contributing to raising the status of the profession.

Haileybury has a rigorous process for employing new teachers which includes two interviews, teaching sample classes under observation, detailed analysis of academic background including minimum ATAR requirements for graduate teachers, and a comprehensive reference check.  In 2013 Haileybury’s  teaching staff turnover on 450 academic positions was exactly on target at six percent.

"I am very honoured to have been selected to be part of this key Ministerial Advisory Group. High quality teacher training and ongoing teacher development is a vital ingredient in improving student learning in all schools throughout Australia." John Fleming.