Business Sector Encouraged to Help Student Learning Experiences
Australia (News4us.com) May 10, 2011
The Gillard Government has pledged to continue to encourage business to partner with schools to support Australian students.
The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, today released the report, Realising Potential: Business Helping Schools to Develop Australia’s Future, prepared by the Business-School Connections Roundtable, and set out the Government’s response.
”The education of our kids is the responsibility of the whole community, not just our schools. This report illustrates that business is ready, willing and able to work with schools to help students today and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow,” Mr Garrett said.
“There are already many examples of businesses and schools working together to enhance student learning experiences, and the report confirms this.”
The report identifies many ways in which business can support schools to implement current and planned reforms in education, including the Government’s Empowering Local Schools initiative.
One of the key recommendations, which government has accepted, is for business to establish an Alliance for School-Business Relationships.
“Over time, such an alliance could develop into a powerful advocate encouraging businesses and schools to form partnerships for the benefit of students,” Mr Garrett said.
The Gillard Government will also initiate a stakeholder-driven process to develop guiding principles for school-business relationships as well as an evaluation guide of such partnerships, as recommended in the report.
Many of the roundtable’s recommendations require collaboration between business, peak industry bodies, education authorities and other stakeholders. These will be taken forward by the proposed Alliance for School-Business Relationships.
The Australian Government established the Business-School Connections Roundtable in February 2010 to develop a practical strategy to ensure that all schools can benefit from a connection with business.
The roundtable, chaired by Mr Michael Ullmer, Deputy Group CEO of the National Australia Bank, has representatives from the business, education and community sectors.
“I thank all members of the roundtable for their involvement in this initiative, and particularly acknowledge the personal commitment, dedication and leadership of Mr Michael Ullmer as Chair,” Mr Garrett said.
The Government provided $450,000 to support the work of the roundtable, which included research and a national consultation process.
For more information on the Business-School Connections Roundtable report and the Government’s response, visit http://www.deewr.gov.au/schooling/pages/roundtable.aspx.
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