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

by Peter Goss

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 the skills and capabilities they need for their lives and careers; and reducing the disparities between educational haves and have-nots. In this submission to a House of Representatives committee inquiry into the transition from school to work, the Grattan Institute’s School Education Program Director, Pete Goss, provides some pointers on how we can make progress on all three. The best schools, he argues, are not necessarily those with the best ATAR or NAPLAN scores. Rather, the best schools are those that enable their students to make the greatest progress in learning.