21 April 2021

How best to help struggling students catch-up after COVID

State governments have taken up our recommendation to fund thousands of new tutors to help children regain learning lost during the lockdowns. Here’s what’s needed to ensure those sessions work well.

16 April 2021

How to entice young high achievers into teaching

The keys are better career paths and higher pay. Here’s our three-point plan to double over the next 10 years the proportion of high achievers who choose teaching as their career.

24 February 2021

Why teachers need better pay and career paths

In 2019 Victoria’s Education Minister publicly supported a Grattan recommendation to increase top teacher pay by up to $80,000. But it hasn’t yet happened.

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.