Schools reform to follow poor report card

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION FINDINGS ON SCHOOLS

* Almost 90,000 students each year do not meet minimum standards for reading or numeracy

* Better definitions are needed for students experiencing educational disadvantage, such as those living in out-of-home care

* Schools are not always culturally safe spaces for Indigenous children

* Some LGBTQI students feel unsafe or uncomfortable at school

* The proportion of students who completed year 12 or equivalent increased slightly in recent years

* School attendance went backwards over the same period

* Indigenous students and young people living in regional and remote areas have lower attendance rates

* Teachers work long hours and have an increasing workload

* Teacher shortages in certain areas and across key subjects impose significant costs on students and schools

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

* Governments must make inclusion the centrepiece of future education plans

* Better supports are required for parents to engage with their child's education

* Cultural integration is needed in schools for all students to see their identities, cultures and knowledge reflected in what and how they are learning

* Innovative technology should be embraced to provide better education access in regional and remote communities

* Student wellbeing ought be included in the next reform plan

* Stronger education targets should be set to keep governments accountable

* Improving school leadership will boost learning outcomes

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

* Education Minister Jason Clare said the report made it clear serious reform was required

* State and federal education ministers agreed to establish an expert panel to provide advice on reforms

* Mr Clare will soon announce the panel members and their terms of reference