Finalising the national purpose of schooling

Building on the Committee’s submission made earlier this year to the Review of the Melbourne Declaration, we have now made a submission to the Education Council’s draft Declaration on Education Goals.  

As the basis of Australia’s curriculum, and designed to supersede the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (Melbourne Declaration), this nationally significant document will articulate the national purpose of schooling, and the role schooling must play to help strengthen social cohesion.      

Building on the Committee’s submission made earlier this year to the Review of the Melbourne Declaration, this submission reiterates some of the key messages which we believe must be captured in the draft Declaration, including the need to teach and measure students’ ‘soft skills’ like innovation, problem solving, creativity and flexibility, as well as the need for lifelong learning.  

The Committee continues to be a prominent advocate for the evolution of skills training and development, having made earlier submissions to the Australian Qualifications Framework Review and the Victorian Government’s inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged workers, in which we advocate strongly for the development of micro-credential qualificationsrecognised by the government and industry, and which could provide a pathway to sustained employment.   

The ultimate vision for Melbourne is to develop a workforce with a new, diverse range of skill sets and capabilities as we attempt to transform our city into a high-tech, value-adding knowledge economy.