It is a myth that children don’t notice difference or ‘see’ race.
By four years, children have already begun to internalise bias and stereotypes. Yet research shows teachers and parents are often uncomfortable or unsure about talking to children about cultural difference.
From 2017, students will be assessed on skills such as problem solving.
Teaching students skills such as creative thinking and problem solving will become part of the curriculum from 2017. But in order to assess these capabilities, teaching styles will have to change.
It’s not always that simple.
A detailed new review should encourage us to ask some awkward questions.
Governments must move away from seeing education solely as an economic benefit.
Massive expansion of the education system has created new problems, and left old ones unresolved.
Australian schoolchildren are being taught financial literacy through programs often run by big banks.
The government has heavily invested in initiatives intended to help children understand finance. But should this be taught by school teachers instead who are sensitive to kid's backgrounds?
Rank schools by pupil wellbeing to tackle mental health ‘crisis’, says former leading head.
Do we really need to introduce a well-being league table to tackle mental health issues in schools?
One in four young people are prepared to excuse physical abuse by their partner.
Research shows that many young Australians are not aware of appropriate boundaries in relationships. It's important that children are informed by research rather than rhetoric.
There isn’t enough robust data around what teaching style are effective in higher education.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
More needs to be done to support pupils from poorer backgrounds.
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Theresa May might believe 'poorer children do better' at grammar schools, but she still has a lot to learn about how social inequality impacts education.
Mixed response to May’s faith school plan.
Allowing new faith schools to religiously select 100% of their pupils is not only problematic in terms of social integration, it is simply unfair.
Some children spend the school holidays studying in tutoring centres.
While some parents are investing in tutoring and preparing for examinations from an early age, others are strongly rejecting this approach. Why is this?
There is little regulation about how private schools spend public funding.
Australia’s school funding model provides high levels of public funding to private schools, while also allowing them to charge fees.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is calling for a new education funding model to replace Gonski.
Instead of a needs-based model, we ended up with an inconsistent patchwork of approaches across Australian states and territories that protected the vested interests of non-government schools.
Newly arrived English language learners are often not taught by qualified specialist teachers.
The government says that quality teachers are crucial to improving learning outcomes. Yet they still pursue policies that don’t put these teachers in front of our most marginalised students.
Reports often conceal the inflated capital funding that schools receive for things like play areas, swimming pools and gymnasiums.
The claim that school spending has increased is misleading and simplistic.
Great teachers are those who have an impact on each student.
Public perception of teachers influences not only those who may be considering entering teaching, but also how those in this profession perceive themselves.
Governments reform agendas determine which aspects of teacher education to improve.
Despite a steady stream of reviews into teacher education, little action has been taken. It has become a 'policy problem'. What is the evidence for current policy?
The history of a policy that will not die.
Teachers can help parents support their child’s maths learning at home.
Here are some strategies that can help boost both teachers' and their students' confidence in maths.
The debate on grammar schools and social mobility goes back decades.
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A new study has looked at what happend when grammar schools were made free to all children in the 1940s.