Last week the the final report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education, led by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey was released.
The report makes 11 recommendations, and identifies four priorities:
- establishing a national focus for regional, rural and remote education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities
- focusing on research for successful learning and building young people’s futures – school leadership, teaching, curriculum and assessment
- addressing the information communication and technology needs in regional, rural and remote locations, and
- focusing on the transitions into and out of school.
CEF Chief Executive Officer Wendy Cohen said the final report clearly articulated the problems facing regional, rural and remote students and offered realistic and achievable solutions.
“The report confirms what we’ve long known – that country kids face additional barriers when it comes to pursuing educational opportunities.
“It shows that access to education for country kids is an issue of basic equality that requires a national approach. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a difference for country kids and we hope the government now pulls out all stops to implement the report’s recommendations.”
For the Country Education Foundation of Australia’s full press release: Federal-review-supports-Country-Education-Foundation’s-vision-for-rural-and-regional-students
Listen to Wendy Cohen on Broken Hill ABC Radio discussing the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education Report released on April 13, 2018:
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