All Australian Education Ministers released a national declaration on Friday 12 December 2008 of the educational goals for young Australians. The Declaration has two national goals:
- Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence; and
- That all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence
All young Australians become:
– successful learners
– confi dent and creative individuals
– active and informed citizens
Achieving these educational goals is the collective responsibility of governments, school sectors and individual schools as well as parents
and carers, young Australians, families, other education and training providers, business and the broader community.
Together, all Australian governments commit to working with all school sectors and the broader community to achieve the educational goals for
This commitment will be supported by action in eight inter-related areas:
– developing stronger partnerships
– supporting quality teaching and school leadership
– strengthening early childhood education
– enhancing middle years development
– supporting senior years of schooling and youth transitions
– promoting world-class curriculum and assessment
– improving educational outcomes for Indigenous youth and disadvantaged young Australians, especially those from low socioeconomic backgrounds
– strengthening accountability and transparency.
Curriculum will be designed to develop successful learners, confi dent and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.
State, Territory and Commonwealth governments will work together with all school sectors to ensure world-class curriculum in Australia.
Together the national curriculum and curriculum specifi ed at the State, Territory and local levels will enable every student to develop:
* A solid foundation in knowledge, understanding, skills and values on which further learning and adult life can be built
With commitment and hard work—from children and young people and their parents, carers and families, from schools, teachers,
communities, business and all Australian governments—all young Australians will be provided with the opportunity to reach their
Nine Values for Australian Schooling
Nine Values for Australian Schooling have emerged from Australian school communities and from the National Goals for Schooling in Australia in the Twenty-First Century.
These shared values such as respect and 'fair go' are part of Australia's common democratic way of life, which includes equality, freedom and the rule of law. They reflect our commitment to a multicultural and environmentally sustainable society where all are entitled to justice.
1. Care and Compassion
Care for self and others
2. Doing Your Best
Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, pursue excellence
3. Fair Go
Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary
interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
5. Honesty and Trustworthiness
Be honest, sincere and seek the truth
Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct, ensure consistency
between words and deeds
Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person's point of view
Be accountable for one's own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and
peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
9. Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion
Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society,
being included and including others
(National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, page 4)
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