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New Education Advisory Panel

12 February 2018

A panel of internationally renowned education experts have been appointed to ensure best systems are in place to see that only the most effective, evidence-based approaches are implemented.

One of the panel’s first steps will be appointing a Literacy Panel to support principals in sourcing the most effective, evidence-based approaches when investing their school’s share of the $67 million Literacy and Numeracy First program.

Among the panels other key priorities will be to consider system-wide strategies on literacy and numeracy, school improvement approaches, internationalisation of education, Aboriginal education and early childhood learning and development.

Professor Martin Westwell, Chief Executive of the SACE Board and previously Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century, will chair the panel.

Other members include:

  • Chris Wardlaw, Deputy Chair, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Board and Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. 
  • Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Professor of Education, University of South Australia
  • Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation, London with support from Senior Researcher, Professor Jonathan Sharples, Deputy Chief Executive, Mr James Turner, and Director of International Partnerships, Mr Stephen Fraser.
  • Professor Iram Siraj, Professor in Child Development, Institute of Education University of London and President British Association for Early Childhood Education.

The panel is made up of the standing members named above and has the ability to appoint subject experts on a short term basis to provide advice on specific topics.

The panel will meet for the first time in term 1, 2018.