The national panel of education experts tasked with improving learning and wellbeing outcomes for Australian students is encouraging parents and teachers to have a say on “what is working and what isn’t working” in Australian schools.

An online survey has been released today (24 May 2023) to ensure “those directly involved in the education system get a say in how we make it better and fairer”.

Survey participants can have their say on a range of issues including:

  • improving education outcomes,
  • supporting student health and wellbeing, and
  • supporting and retaining teachers.

The survey – one for parents and students, and a separate survey for teachers – is part of the Expert Panel Review into the next National School Reform Agreement, announced by Federal Education Minister Jason Clare and being led by Dr Lisa O’Brien AM.

The panel will report to all Australian education ministers by 31 October on the reforms that should be tied to funding in the next National School Reform Agreement.

The survey is open until 5pm on 23 June 2023.

Read more about the survey and complete it here.

Parent voice welcomed

Dr O’Brien said the views of families, students and teachers would “help inform the development of recommendations for our report”.

Further consultation will also be conducted.

“In addition to the survey we will be consulting widely with stakeholders and we will be visiting schools across the country,” Dr O’Brien said in a statement.

“We want to hear from everyone connected to Australia’s schools about what is working, what isn’t working, and what more is required to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes.”

Minister Clare also encouraged parents to join the conversation.

“Australia has a good education system but it can be a lot better and a lot fairer,” he said.

“I want to hear what teachers, parents and students have to say.

“The views and experiences of teachers, parents and students are crucial to building a better and fairer education system.”

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Federal Education Minister Jason Clare delivered this speech in early May 2023, summarising some of the big national education reviews underway and how he sees them working together to improve results.

Read more about the National School Reform Agreement.