New Syllabuses will boost Years 11 & 12 study of 'difficult' subjects

Revised syllabuses will encourage more students to study traditional core subjects in Years 11 and 12, rather than avoid them in favour of so-called 'easier' subjects, Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) said today. read more...

'Broad test for broad benefits': Catholic schools leader says

The introduction of national screening of Year 1 students' literacy and numeracy skills would be a useful tool provided it captured all aspects of early literacy and numeracy skills and intervention needed was supported by adequate funding, according to Sydney Catholic Schools leader, Dr Dan White. read more...

Catholic Sector left Out of Year 1 Assessment Discussion

The National Catholic Education Commission has said the failure to appoint a Catholic educator to the new advisory panel on a year 1 literacy and numeracy assessment means the group might not capture the best possible advice on supporting student learning. The Turnbull Government yesterday announced the six members of the panel that will advise the Education Council, with only one current classroom teacher appointed. NCEC acting executive director Danielle Cronin said Catholic schools are committed to the early assessment of students’ learning, but are concerned about the possibility of a new, mandated assessment that is imposed without sufficient consultation with Catholic education. read more...

Catholic Education welcomes Rob Stokes, thanks Adrian Piccoli

Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) said today it looked forward to working with new Education Minister Rob Stokes to continue the important work carried out by his predecessor, Adrian Piccoli.

"Adrian Piccoli was a constructive, consultative Education Minister who appreciated and supported all school sectors," CECNSW A/Executive Director Ian Baker said.

"We know from our previous dealings with Mr Stokes as Planning Minister that he is aware of the growth challenges related to schools and we look forward to working with him to develop solutions to meet the rapid growth of the school population in his new role as Education Minister."
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New Schools Open as Demand for Catholic Education Grows

Seven new Catholic schools have opened across Australia this month, reflecting families’ ongoing demand for a Catholic education for their children. As NCEC acting executive director Danielle Cronin explains, dozens of Catholic schools are expected to open in the coming decade to meet that demand, but there is uncertainty about how those schools will be funded.

Ms Cronin has called for the Turnbull Government to lead urgent and consultative discussions with educational stakeholders, including Catholic education, to finalise Commonwealth school funding arrangements for 2018 and beyond.