4 December 2019

How Australia can climb up the education ranking systems

The latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results show a long-term decline in reading, maths and science skills for Australian students. For Australia to improve, it is not about radically changing policy directions, or doing one thing differently. Instead, Australia must do many things better; much, much better. We must do them more systematically and with more intensity.

11 November 2019

Revealed: the hidden problem with reading in Australian schools

Ten years’ worth of NAPLAN data show improvements in Years 3, 5, and 9. But our research shows reading progress has slowed dramatically between Years 5 and 7. What’s going on?

5 October 2019

How to improve teaching and lift student performance

Australia’s teacher workforce should be redesigned. Here’s some suggestions to make teaching more rewarding and respected.

26 September 2019

Debunking dangerous myths about teachers’ pay

Australians have been told, yet again, that our teachers are among the highest-paid in the world. It’s a misleading claim that damages teacher quality and therefore student performance.

3 September 2019

Three charts on teachers’ pay in Australia

Depending on who you ask, our teachers are either some of the best paid in the world, or they’re underpaid. Here are the facts: Australian teachers get a very decent starting salary, but their pay quickly falls behind that of other professionals.

26 August 2019

Why our best and brightest don’t teach

For a school-leaver with a high ATAR, choosing teaching is a long-term financial sacrifice. Faced with this prospect, most high achievers interested in teaching are deciding to enrol in other degrees instead.

26 August 2019

How to get our top students to become teachers

Australia’s young high achievers are turning their backs on teaching. They want to make a difference in their careers, and they are interested in teaching, but when it comes to the crunch they choose professions with better pay and more challenge.

1 July 2019

Getting the best people in front of the classroom

Australia’s school education report card reads ‘must do better’. Policy makers need to address both who becomes a teacher and how they are trained.

11 June 2019

Student mental health and wellbeing matters

If you ask a policy wonk how well a primary school is doing, you’ll probably be subjected to statistics about NAPLAN. If you ask a parent, you’re more likely to hear how their child feels about school. Of course, both things matter. But the dynamic interplay between wellbeing and mental health, social and emotional skills, and academic learning is starting to get a higher profile in policy circles.

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.