9 December 2019
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
Here’s how the federal Education Minister can make a real difference over the next three years.
19 May 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12 October 2018
School funding is a journey, not a destination. The goal is not actually to get it right but to keep improving it. It will get off the front pages when it is good enough. Labor’s announcement is another step in that direction.
21 September 2018
Every government dollar should be spent where it will make most difference. The Coalition’s school funding fix is a good deal for Catholic and independent schools. It’s a bad deal for the rest of us.