How to improve curriculum planning and end the lesson lottery – a Grattan speed briefing - Grattan Institute

For too long, governments have taken curriculum planning in schools for granted. Most teachers carry a large curriculum planning load, and too often are left to do their best in near-impossible circumstances. But too many teachers are planning lessons in isolation, spending hours each week scouring the internet to create lessons from scratch. This leaves many students facing a lesson lottery – with no guarantee that their lessons are based on high-quality materials or that their learning is carefully sequenced year on year.

Join Grattan Institute’s education experts, Dr Jordana Hunter and Amy Haywood, for this special speed-briefing webinar event on their upcoming report Ending the lesson lottery: How to improve curriculum planning in schools.

Jordana and Amy will show that students are better off when schools establish a whole-school approach to curriculum planning and use shared high-quality classroom materials. Teachers benefit too – whole-school planning reduces the burden of individual planning and creates more time for teachers to hone their classroom practice and give extra attention to the students who need it.

But schools rarely work this way. Our new Grattan survey of more than 2,000 teachers and school leaders shows that curriculum planning constitutes a major headache in most schools, undermining students’ learning and saddling teachers with extra work.

Our experts will outline a road map for government action to end the learning lottery in Australian schools. And they will answer your questions. All you need to know, in just 20 minutes.


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Jordana Hunter


Jordana Hunter is the Education Program Director at Grattan Institute. She has an extensive background in economics and education policy, having held roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Her research interests are in evidence-based policy design and implementation, and teaching quality. She has a PhD in public policy from the University of Melbourne.

Amy Haywood


Amy Haywood is a Senior Associate in the Education Program at Grattan Institute. She taught English in secondary schools for five years and has written study guides for Macmillan Education. Amy was previously a manager in Deloitte Access Economics’ education policy team. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, and studied international education policy while on exchange at the University of Oulo in Finland.