UOW welcomes release of Federal Government review into teacher training
University consistently ranked among best in Australia for teacher education
The University of Wollongong (UOW) has welcomed the release today (Thursday, 24 February) of the Federal Government’s Quality Initial Teacher Education Review.
Commissioned by then Minister for Education and Youth The Honorable Alan Tudge in April 2021, the review focused on how to attract and retain high-quality teachers while also preparing teaching graduates for the classroom.
Senior Professor Sue Bennett, Executive Dean of UOW’s Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, said teachers play a vital role in society and excellence in education is a fundamental right of all Australians.
“Teachers are critical to ensuring education meets the needs of every child and every young person. We are proud to be educating the next generation of teaching professionals, who will go out into the world, and into the classroom, to change the lives of countless students.
“The University works closely with our colleagues in schools, our partners in the profession, and across the higher education sector, and state and Commonwealth regulatory authorities to achieve excellence in initial teacher education.
“We welcome the release of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review report and we will work with all stakeholders towards effectively implementing its findings.”
UOW provides undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education courses to prepare graduates to enter the teaching profession, and is consistently ranked among the best in NSW and Australia for the quality of its teaching programs.
In the 2022 Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), UOW was ranked second in NSW for Teacher Education. Last month, the QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey also found that employers’ overall satisfaction level with UOW graduates was at 91.7 per cent, securing UOW the top spot among all universities nationally.
In the 2022 Good Universities Guide, UOW received five stars for Education and Training, with 88.4 per cent of graduates employed full time within four months of finishing their studies.