15 June 2020

Disadvantaged students may have lost a month’s learning during the COVID crisis

The Federal Government is spending big to stimulate the economy. Some stimulus spending should go to making our education system fairer. Here’s how.

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.

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.