A coalition government would make teaching quality its first priority in improving education, opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says.

There are elements of the Gonski school funding review Mr Pyne wants to implement but he says simply adding more money is not the best way forward.

"Apart from the funding model and settling that down, the first thing we would do is address issues of teacher quality in our universities," he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"We would immediately instigate a very short-term ministerial advisory group to advise me on the best model for teaching in the world."

Mr Pyne wants to see a return to more traditional, practical teaching methods rather than the child-centred learning he says has dominated schools for decades.

He's defended the socio-economic status (SES) model now used to calculate federal funding for non-government schools.

The Gonski review found the system was unnecessarily complex, lacked transparency and was based on an outdated model.

Mr Pyne rejects that view, saying the SES system is needs-based.

But he accepts recommendations of additional money to schools for individual disadvantaged students, whether indigenous, disabled or from low-SES or non-English-speaking backgrounds.

Mr Pyne likes the proposal for funding to follow the student regardless of whether they attend a government or non-government school.

"There are good things that we can do with the Gonski model which I like and we would implement," he said.

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