At the CEO Perspectives: The Future of Schooling in Australia launch in Sydney last month, AISNSW Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Newcombe AM, reinforced to the audience the important role NSW independent schools play in the development of education policy and reform. The report was commissioned by Dr Newcombe to garner the opinions of 15 of Australia's CEOs to understand better how schools can equip students for a rapidly changing world.
To ensure independent schools can actively contribute to the NSW Curriculum Review, Dr Newcombe announced the establishment of an AISNSW Curriculum Review Working Group which would be chaired by Jenny Allum, Head of School, SCEGGS Darlinghurst (pictured below), and supported by independent member school leaders and AISNSW executive.
Professor Geoff Masters (pictured below), CEO of Australian Council of Education Research, who has been charged with leading the NSW Curriculum Review, said at the report launch the review process had been described by Education Minister, Rob Stokes, as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to pause and think about how schools can best prepare young people for their futures
“We need to be looking ahead, we need to be thinking long term; it’s not just a matter of tweaking what we have, it’s not just churn in the curriculum.
“We need to be ambitious, visionary, we need to think big picture in relation to that and we need to think about all students.”
Professor Masters said while the review needed to protect and maintain the best of the curriculum, schooling is currently a “product of history”.
“What we’ve built creates transitions and disjuncture for many students as well as different approaches across the different stages of schooling. In a curriculum review, we need to think about this question, ‘For the future, how do we develop a more continuous seamless approach to student learning?’.
“There does appear to be a recognition of the need for change and many elements of that change have been identified – an important element of that is building this stronger relationship between businesses and schools.”
Dr Newcombe said AISNSW is an active participant and leader in the debate on what is needed to equip students with the right skills for the future.
“We recognise the critical need to better understand the views of the current generation of leaders from Australia’s major corporations and industries, and government and non-government organisations, to harness these perspectives and encourage a more informed and cutting-edge debate.
“This is just the starting point.”
See CEO Perspectives: The Future of Schooling in Australia