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Research that explores resettlement issues from refugee women’s perspectives are needed to inform settlement policy and programs effectively. Author provided

How a photo research project gives refugee women a voice in resettlement policy

Refugee women's voices are often left out of resettlement policy. A participatory research method called photovoice helps uncover resettlement issues from their perspectives.
All Australian schools should provide high-quality education to all Australian students, including Indigenous ones. Shutterstock

How flexischools could help close the gap in Indigenous education

Flexischools appear to be doing Indigenous education better than mainstream schooling. To close the gap in education, we should look at what these schools are doing and apply it in the mainstream.
In short, less advantaged students require significant additional supports, well beyond acknowledging their diverse pathways for entry into a degree program. Alan Porritt/AAP

ANU’s new entrance criteria won’t do much to improve equity

From 2020, ANU will require students to meet co-curricular requirements alongside ATAR. This significant policy shift is meant to improve equity of access, but won't change much.
Chinese students in Canberra for the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay. Pierre Pouliquin/flickr

What we know about why Chinese students come to Australia to study

Chinese students make up the largest portion of international students in Australia. To ensure our A$28bn international education sector continues to thrive we need to pay more attention to why.
Inflexible structures of higher education and competing demands related to settlement often make transition difficult for refugees, despite their desire to work hard. Shutterstock

Universities need to do more to support refugee students

Without developing a better understanding of the challenges refugee students face, we run the risk of further disadvantaging refugee students in Australia.
4.5 million young Australians between the ages of nine and 24 have taken NAPLAN tests at some point during their schooling. Shutterstock

We need to reform NAPLAN to make it more useful

NAPLAN has now been in place for a decade and needs ongoing review and refinement to make it more useful to classroom teaching and learning.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policy makers. Shutterstock

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.