Through our work in education advocacy CSPV have been involved in contributing to reforms for Initial Teacher Education - 'Working together to shape teacher education in Victoria'.
In 2016, CSPV were invited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching and Department of Education and Training to a round table forum to discuss the qualities and skills parents expect of teachers.
As parents, we understand the importance of the teacher-child relationship and that teaching is more than just instruction. Through many discussions alongside other parent organisations from the Government and Independent sector and the VIT, CSPV submitted a report to the Minister of Education James Merlino on behalf of Catholic school parents across Victoria.
One of the elements in the submission included the importance of including parent engagement as part of pre-service teacher education. Pre-service teachers need to understand the importance of developing positive relationships with parents in learning communities so they are able to work in partnership to support each child on their learning journey.
Since our submission, several of CSPV's recommendations have been implemented, including our support for lifting the ATAR and the process for choosing prospective candidates who have the maturity and personality, resilience and ambition to manage the challenges that teaching presents in current and future education of children.
Whilst there has been some negative press about the changes, CSPV believe that raising the standard of teachers is important for the future of education and in attracting the right people for this most important role.
CSPV continue to advocate for inclusion of parent engagement as a core subject in undergraduate courses.