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UC partners with ACT Government to improve teacher outcomes

Claudia Doman

25 May 2018: The University of Canberra welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement of $9.2 million over the next four years to partner with the University to improve ACT teachers’ skills.

The announcement builds on a previous collaboration agreement between the University and the ACT Government to improve professional development and research opportunities in the classroom.

The University of Canberra Affiliated Schools Program launched in 2010 which saw the development of UC Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra and UC High School, Kaleen.

Now, the program will expand from two public schools to 20 Affiliated Schools in the ACT.

The University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education Professor Geoffrey Riordan said the partnership will boost the University’s reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching.

“We are delighted to be part of this project and provide a rich, robust and well-resourced teacher education to our future teachers,” Professor Riordan said.

“We will build on the successes of the 2010 initiative and incorporate best practice in school university partnerships from Finland, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom and the USA.

“The University of Canberra is committed to improving the quality of education outcomes for all students in the ACT and beyond.”

Professor Riordan acknowledged the contribution of UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra and UC High School Kaleen principals, Martin Watson and Lana Read, respectively, as well as senior officers in the ACT Education Directorate to fine-tune the pilot of this project.  

The project includes funding for research and scholarships for teachers to complete postgraduate programs including the University’s new Master of Teaching which will be delivered in each of the Affiliated Schools.

The funding is part of a $54.3 million investment in local public schools to be allocated in the upcoming ACT Budget.