22 March 2018

Catholic schools aren’t all the same, and Gonski 2.0 reflects this

Bill Shorten is being accused of buying support from the Catholic sector to win the seat of Batman, by appearing to promise Catholic schools A$250 million in the first two years of a Labor government. The Catholic sector says this money goes a way to restoring the funding lost in the Gonski 2.0 reforms. Public and independent schools are outraged at the perceived favouritism.

21 March 2018

Using data to adapt and improve teaching practice

Education systems are awash with data. But how do teachers use data to improve their teaching? Big data can inform teaching, but small data drives learning. In this speech, Grattan’s Peter Goss argues for an adaptive education system, where central guidance and regional support help schools to make good local decisions.

18 February 2018

The Commonwealth’s limited role in improving schools

We’ve been down this path before. Imposing prescriptive federal funding conditions is costly and sometimes counterproductive. It can destroy policy coherence and simply increase red tape. Unless the states and territories buy in to the changes, they will just go through the motions of complying, without actually enforcing real change.

12 February 2018

Why the Commonwealth should resist meddling in schools

Australia’s education debate is shifting at last, from how much money governments should spend on schools to how best to spend the money for the benefit of students. The Grattan Institute’s new report, The Commonwealth’s role in improving schools, examines what the Commonwealth should do if it really wants to boost student outcomes.

8 February 2018

Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy? Not remotely – or in cities

Every year in Australia, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results show Indigenous school students are well behind their non-Indigenous peers.

8 February 2018

The shocking truth about Australia’s efforts to ‘close the gap’

The “gap” between Indigenous and other school students is even bigger than official figures show. Grattan research reveals that Year 9 Indigenous students in very remote areas are five years behind in numeracy, six years behind in reading, and seven-to-eight years behind in writing. Even in the cities and regions – where most Indigenous students live – the gap is three to four years by Year 9.

7 December 2017

How to achieve excellence in Australian schools: a story from the classroom

A new Gonski review is examining how to achieve educational excellence for Australia’s 3.8 million school students. The success of the review will ultimately depend on whether its recommendations lead to better practice in the classroom. And the best way for policy makers to improve classroom practice is to develop a more adaptive education system.

26 November 2017

How to achieve excellence in Australian schools

Australia’s school education system is not fit for purpose, and we need to rethink the way we teach students, support teachers and run schools. The “Review to Achieve Excellence in Australian Schools”, led by David Gonski and due to report next March, offers a reform opportunity that must be seized.

6 September 2017

School funding is a journey, not a destination

Passage through the Senate of the Australian Education Amendment Act 2017, otherwise known as Gonski 2.0, was a victory for children over politics. But the journey is not over. More needs to be done to improve school education in Australia.

2 August 2017

How to improve our schools – submission to House of Representatives committee inquiry

Australia faces three overarching challenges in school education: improving the teaching of core academic skills and content; changing parts of what we teach and how we teach it to help young Australians develop their skills and capabilities; and reducing the disparities between educational haves and have-nots. In this submission to a parliamentary inquiry, Pete Goss details how we can make progress on all three.