The Commonwealth’s role in improving schools

REPORT

by Julie Sonnemann and Pete Goss

The Commonwealth should not use the extra money it is spending on schools as an excuse to intervene in school education. The danger is that the ‘Gonski 2.0 Review’ could be used as a platform for Commonwealth interventions that sound good, but don’t actually help on the ground.

  • School Education Program Director

    Pete Goss

    Dr Pete Goss joined Grattan in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group, and worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students. Pete trained as a biologist, with a focus on understanding complex systems.

  • School Education Fellow

    Julie Sonnemann

    Julie has significant experience in education policy and systems change, and has co-authored a number of ground breaking reports including Catching Up: Learning from the best school systems in East Asia and Making Time for Great Teaching. She has consulted to the OECD Education Directorate, and recently co-authored a major international report on teacher development in Singapore, Canada, Shanghai and Hong Kong for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the US. Julie began her career at the Prime Minister’s Department. She is an economist and policy analyst by training.