Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher performance pay.
Focusing on progress – not just achievement – and investing in improving teaching practice will help to lift slipping standards in Australian schools.
For some parents, home schooling helps to focus on a child’s individual needs, rather than just on grades.
Home-schooled children appear to do neither worse nor better than those who attend regular school, so why is there an increasing number of parents who are opting for their child to be educated at home?
Students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Aurukun.
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The lesson to be learned from Aurukun is around the impact of out-sourcing education to commercial interests.
Reading requires more than just your ABCs.
Speech patterns are just important as letter sounds when learning to read.
Teaching innovation in our universities may now be at risk.
Now that the OLT is closing and the grants and fellowships are lost, it is not clear whether the government will play an active role in enhancing teaching excellence in our universities.
Financial literacy is not just about knowledge, so it would help if we taught it using day-to-day issues.
The Coalition made the decision to close the Office for Learning and Teaching.
Closing the Office of Learning and Teaching removes Australia's national commitment to innovation and improved performance in learning and teaching.
Imagine a school with no year levels or set curriculum – could it work?
Our education system fails to amplify students' creativity and interest in learning. To continue along the current path is increasingly unscientific, unjustifiable and plain dull.
Could a robot raise a child without the need for a mother?
In the future some humans may be born without either a mother or father as we now know them, and with no other humans around to bring them up.
The Coalition want to standardised literacy and numeracy testing for students in years 1 and 12.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
‘The Coalition’s position on Gonski could change before the election.’
While Labor's policy proposals for schools are all mapped out, the Coalition has yet to specify its plans for education.
How helpful is it for teachers to know how many times students have uploaded files, tweeted or participated in chat rooms?
Schools and universities pump lots of time and money into collecting data on learning analytics, but there is no research to show that such data actually helps to improve learning outcomes.
Rural schools don’t always have the latest tech.
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The Government changed the curriculum in 2014 so that all school children would be taught coding, but two years on this is far from reality.
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We warned the government about baseline tests. It should have listened.
As a new teacher, your heavy school workload is exacerbated because you are doing everything for the first time.
For new teachers, as the end of first term nears, you may be feeling despair. But don’t leave - we need teachers like you. Here's some advice on how to make the first year a little less turbulent.
We need to understand that some students make faster progress than others.
The Grattan Institute's new report, Widening Gaps, invites us to think differently about how to measure student progress and tackle entrenched inequalities in achievement.
When children start school, they need to develop reading fluency.
There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.
Differentiation is about enabling all students to reach the same learning goal.
Differentiation is not about about creating different lessons for every student. It's about teachers providing a range of options for students to demonstrate their learning.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
How can we keep students engaged at school?
Around one in five Australian school students are disengaged, leading to disruptive behaviours in class and students dropping out.