11 June 2019
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
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.
6 May 2019
Contrary to public perceptions of chalk-laden blackboards and change-resistant teachers, our schools are awash with innovation. What Australia needs now is more disciplined innovation – greater investment in small-scale trials and rigorous evaluations to help inform teaching practice across the nation.
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.
31 March 2019
Creating dedicated roles for expert teachers would make all teachers more effective, lifting student results for generations to come. Here’s how state governments can do it.
17 March 2019
So you want to give your child the best chance of a good academic education? Here’s a helpful checklist of things you should look for, or ask about.
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.