Issue 7
Monday, 02 September 2019
Charles Darwin University
University Fellow Dr Don Zoellner
University Fellow Dr Don Zoellner

University Fellow accepts place on expert panel

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University Fellow Dr Don Zoellner has been appointed to a national panel that will examine the skills and knowledge that young people need to thrive beyond school. 

The Alice Springs based VET policy academic with the Northern Institute is the only non-capital city appointee on the seven-strong Senior Secondary Pathways Review panel, which met for the first time in Sydney last month.

Commissioned by the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Education Council, panellists will look at whether existing arrangements are sufficient for students to make the best decisions for their future.

The Education Council accepts that today’s senior secondary graduates need a different mix of skills than previous generations, including stronger problem solving, communication and digital skills, as well as the ability to think critically and creatively.

Education Council Chair and Australian Government Minister for Education Dan Tehan said senior secondary education played an important role in preparing young people for life beyond school.

“The review will help ensure senior secondary schooling is supporting our young people to make informed choices, and that they’re leaving school with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” Mr Tehan said.

The panel, which brings together experts in school operations, industry, VET, university entry requirements, student engagement and wellbeing, and the delivery of secondary education to disadvantaged students, will report to the COAG Education Council in June next year.