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Should we scrap the ATAR? What are the alternative options? Experts comment

The ATAR system is cheap and efficient, but it means students are selected to go to university on the basis of a single score which some have claimed is too simplisitc. Is it time for a new system?
Disadvantaged children find schools increasingly irrelevant to their lives. www.shutterstock.com

Why is school not working for so many young people?

Australian education fails one in four young people. It is time we started exploring why school is not working for increasing numbers of disadvantaged children.
Most career advice starts late in high school. This is too late for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Career studies and advice: start early or don’t start at all

The unemployment rate for 15 to 19-year-olds is currently 20.1% in Australia. This is over three times the national rate of 6.3% and almost double the unemployment rate of this age group during the first…
Measuring progress on tackling the impact of poverty. Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

How to improve the chances of poor children at school

Overcoming educational disadvantage is not easy. Even before they enter the school gates for the first time, a variety of factors including inheritance, social class, parenting style and family income…
Larger class sizes can have negative impacts on disadvantaged students. www-audio-luci-store-it/Flickr

Class size does matter: at least for disadvantaged students

A recent report by the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission has suggested that reducing class sizes in the state has not improved student academic performance. The report said that despite…
Kids drop out before finishing school for many reasons. Flexible learning caters to these. Flickr/Gus Estrella

Flexible learning helps students with disadvantages finish school

Despite encouragement from federal, state and territory governments to complete school – and a legal obligation to “learn or earn” – one in five young Australians still leaves school before the end of…
Etonians are waiting in line for their place at Oxbridge. David Parker/PA Archive

Gap between state and private school admissions to top unis due to grades, not bias

The UK’s most prestigious universities are repeatedly accused of discriminating against disadvantaged students in favour of those who are deemed to have a social advantage, and particularly those from…

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