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.

31 March 2019

Make better use of our best teachers

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.

28 January 2019

Lift teacher status to improve student performance

There are no easy fixes to the entrenched problem of low teacher status in Australia. Making entry to teaching more selective would be a good first step, but deeper reforms to pay, career and the work environment are also necessary.

26 October 2018

Tassie maths scores don’t add up

Australia focuses heavily on school students’ achievement at a point in time. But the sad reality is that achievement tells us a lot about real estate values, and little about how to improve the school system. Student progress (that is, student growth) gives a better indication of how much a student learns during their time in the classroom.

23 October 2018

Queensland’s rise to top education performer could provide a model for the country

Ten years ago, nobody would have believed that other states should be learning from Queensland’s school education system. When the very first 2008 NAPLAN results were published, Queensland was the lowest achieving state in the country. But a lot has changed.

22 October 2018

ACT students are falling behind

Australia focuses heavily on school students’ achievement at a point in time. But the sad reality is that achievement tells us a lot about real estate values, and less about how to improve the school system. Student progress (i.e. student growth) gives a better indication of how much a student learns during their time in the classroom.

27 June 2018

Why an adaptive education system relies on our most expert teachers

Australian school education system faces three major challenges: improving student learning in core academic areas; better preparing young people for adult life; and closing the gap between educational have and have-nots. A key step to tackling all these challenges at once is to make better use of our most expert teachers.

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.

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.

17 March 2017

Poor behaviour in class is not acceptable but zero tolerance is not the answer

The promise of “zero tolerance” from federal education minister Simon Birmingham is well meaning but can do more damage than good. Poor behaviour in class is not acceptable but zero tolerance is not the answer.