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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    PANEL OF EXPERTS TO GUIDE STATE EDUCATION DIRECTION

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    PANEL OF EXPERTS TO GUIDE STATE EDUCATION DIRECTION

    A panel of experts has been established to help guide the future directions for state education in Queensland over the next decade.

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the panel would provide independent advice on how state education could build on current reforms and address the challenges of the future.

    “The academic experts have been selected for their diverse areas of expertise,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Their specialist areas cover a range of topics from social and gender equity, early years research, middle schooling, teacher education, curriculum, assessment, school leadership, poverty and educational disadvantage, school reform, public sector policy and economics of education.”

    Mr Wilson welcomed the nine panel members at their first meeting today and thanked them for their commitment to education in Queensland.

    “The input from the panel will ensure we are heading in the right direction to build on our reform agenda.

    “This is an exciting time in Queensland education with agreement to implement the new Australian Curriculum in 2012, our own Early Childhood reforms introducing kindergarten across the state and the changes proposed in A Flying Start for Queensland Children Green Paper.

    “The panel’s work will complement the Green Paper proposals which include moving Year 7 to secondary school in 2014, a teacher education review and an independent standards authority.”

    The nine-member panel is:

    ·Chair Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Dean of Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies

    ·Professor Ann Farrell, Head of Queensland University of Technology’s School of Early Childhood

    ·Associate Professor Donna Pendergast, Head of Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies

    ·Professor Richard Teese, the University of Melbourne’s Director of the Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Life Long Learning

    ·Dr Gabrielle Matters, Principal Research Fellow from the Australian Council for Educational Research Brisbane

    ·Professor Martin Mills from the University of Queensland’s Graduate School of Education

    ·Dr Chris Sarra, Executive Director of the Queensland University of Technology’s Stronger Smarter Institute

    ·Professor Marie Brennan from the University of South Australia

    ·Professor Peter Andrews, the Queensland Chief Scientist

    Media contact: 3237 1000

    July 15, 2010