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State Government backs UniSA’s education vision

Premier Jay Weatherill has given his strong support for the University of South Australia’s plan to develop a world-leading education precinct at Magill campus incorporating the co-location of early childhood, primary and secondary schools on the campus.

Announcing his High-Quality Education plan the Premier said consultation would be undertaken with Norwood Morialta High School about a proposal to move the school to Magill campus.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd has already had similar talks with the school.

Under the Government’s plan and outlined in UniSA’s Crossing the Horizon strategic action plan, a new birth to year-12 school will be built on the campus bringing together schools, early childhood services and special education in what will be a centre of excellence for teacher training.

The announcement adds to other State Government UniSA partnership initiatives this week including a plan to partner with the new Treetop Autism Specific School to deliver teacher training for special education teachers to meet the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder.

The State Government has also put forward a plan to include a Masters Degree requirement for teacher education and registration.

The plan to lift the capacity and credentials of teacher education is aimed at delivering the best qualified teachers in Australia.

Prof Lloyd says he is delighted with the strong support shown by the government for a plan to lift the quality of teacher education and build the state’s reputation for excellence in education.

“As the largest educator of teachers in South Australia, UniSA is fully committed to providing the highest standards of teacher education,” Prof Lloyd says

“To support and prepare teachers for what is a profoundly rewarding and valuable career, we need to equip them with the skills and the resilience to shape minds and underpin the success of each new generation.

“Introducing the Master level requirement to teacher education and scholarships support to existing teachers and educational leaders to upskill, is an initiative that will pay dividends for generations to come and ensure we keep paces with nations around the world.”

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