13 October 2020

Money for tutors: why other states should follow Victoria’s lead

Struggling students fell further behind during remote learning. They need extra tutoring now that school’s back.

30 June 2020

Cheaper fees for education degrees won’t improve the teaching profession

The Federal Government has proposed an inflexible and centrally-planned change to funding university places, and dressed it up in the language of incentives.

9 December 2019

Estonia didn’t deliver its PISA results on the cheap, and neither will Australia

Education news in Australia last week was dominated by Australia’s worst ever showing in the OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests. The mathematical literacy of our students has fallen to the OECD average. It’s not good enough for a rich country like Australia. Improving outcomes will need good policy, steady support for schools, and consistent hard work.

11 June 2019

Dan Tehan’s big homework list

Here’s how the federal Education Minister can make a real difference over the next three years.

19 May 2019

Education: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

In early childhood education, the Coalition needs to shift focus. It favours childcare at the expense of preschool, but both need investment.

16 May 2019

Lopsided funding gives more public money to private schools

More than 80% of the extra public money to schools over the past decade went to private schools, even though they educate fewer than 20% of Australia’s most disadvantaged students.

17 April 2019

Three things Australia’s next education minister must prioritise to improve schools

State governments may run schools, but federal decisions still make a big difference to the education of Australian children. Whoever becomes federal education minister after the May 18 election, he or she needs to put three things first: fixing school funding, establishing a national evidence institute, and reinforcing a commitment to reform of initial teacher education.

2 April 2019

Budget 2019: little new for schools, beyond window dressing

The Federal Government doesn’t run schools, and too many of the school education initiatives in the budget smack of the Commonwealth meddling in areas beyond its remit.

6 March 2019

What the next government needs to do to tackle unfairness in school funding

Private schools should never get more public dollars per student than comparable government schools. A decade ago, one in 20 private schools did. By 2016, it was more than one in three.

31 October 2018

No state has all the answers in school education

At the moment, no state or territory has all the answers. Each should learn from the others and do better, in pursuit of a national imperative: providing the best education for all children.