New $148m statutory authority to boost quality of Victorian teachers

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday May 4, 2021

James Merlino
James Merlino. (AAP Image/Luis Ascui)

The Victorian government is investing $148.2 million to establish a multi-site academy that will aim to develop high-quality teachers and foster a pipeline of emerging leaders.

The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a statutory authority, will raise the bar on teacher quality in the state, according to acting premier and education minister James Merlino.

“The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids — and their futures.”

Merlino said the authority would deliver an Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools.

The CBD-based academy is expected to be open next January, with a site in Geelong to open by mid-2022. Regional centres located in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton are scheduled to be operating by the end of 2022.

The academy will aim to help the best teachers further develop their skills, so that they can then share their expertise with their own school communities, the state government has said.

A key program to be delivered by the authority will be the one-year intensive Teaching Excellence Program. It will be delivered to up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, and will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts.

The academy’s other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals.

Teachers will be able to access the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge through the academy, which will promote the sharing of best practice, ideas, experience and resources.

The government said the new entity would build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers.

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