Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House, on a high quality and autonomous education.
Both Australia and England have high quality, mature education systems with immense capacity and capability. As well as providing education to their own citizens, both countries also offer an attractive destination for international families. The Australian government estimates that there are children and young people from 150 countries around the world being educated in the two systems, and with over half a million international students annually in higher education alone.
As the OECD has made clear, to compete in the global race all countries need high quality education systems that combine autonomy with accountability, and have education institutions that are highly adaptable while maintaining quality at their core. The new Coalition government in Australia is determined to place education at the heart of its economy as well as its democracy. They have committed to provide schools and institutions with new freedoms to maintain the competitiveness on which Australians thrive, but will expect them to seize the advantage.
We are delighted to welcome Mr Pyne to England for his first official visit and host his inaugural speech in this country on education issues.
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