One recommendation to fix inequity in Australia is for the government to fund non-government schools to the same degree as government schools, while banning them from charging fees.
Private schools are set to get a boost of billions under a new formula that links government funding to parents’ incomes rather than the socioeconomic profile of where they live.
The general idea of personalised learning is where teachers help students understand key concepts through individualised learning and group work.
Many rely on David Gonski’s ideas to shape the future of education policy. But his recommendation of personalised learning is a scripted, rigid version of education that will take us backwards.
How do the major parties’ education commitments stack up?
If you’re confused about all the millions and billions thrown around for education by the two major parties, here’s the low-down on what the policies actually mean.
The funding gap between the most and least well-off schools has grown over the last ten years.
Schools funding doesn’t pass the playground test of fairness: state schools get less government funding than governments themselves say the schools need.
Regardless of who wins next year’s federal election, it’s time for us to all get on the same page.
2018 was a mixed bag for schooling policy in Australia, with new ministers, a new organisation and auspicious anniversaries. It’s worth reflecting on the year that’s been.
Both formative and summative assessments are important parts of a well-rounded assessment program.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both formative and summative assessment. Both are important parts of a rigorous assessment program.
Democratic schools are student centred, with individualised learning.
Democratic schools already employ some of the recommendations from the Gonski report, chief among them individualisation of teaching.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement that his government had accepted in principle the latest Gonski report.
The damning report, released on Monday, says the decline is widespread and “equivalent to a generation of Australian school children falling short of their full learning potential”.
Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much.
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Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much. It’s much more effective if we don’t have schools with high concentrations of poverty and disadvantage.
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same.
Catholic schools say they’re losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
Not all schools have access to enough equipment for their students, which means they waste time building, un-building and re-building their projects.
We need to address issues like access to resources, teacher professional development and ageing classrooms to get the full benefit of STEM education in primary schools.
Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here’s why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
Catholic schools haven’t always received government funding.
Federal and state government funding to the Catholic sector does not necessarily then flow straight to the school.
The government’s national school funding plan passed the House of Representatives on Monday.
The Turnbull government’s schools funding proposal ‘should be embraced by all sides of politics’ provided some adjustments are made, a Grattan Institute submission says.
How will policy changes affect schools?
Here’s what the latest funding proposals mean for schools.
Richard Di Natale is publicly perched on the barbed-wire fence over the government’s Gonski legislation.
Labor has formally decided to try to thwart the government’s Gonski schools legislation, while the Greens are looking over their shoulder at what their base would think if they opt to back it. Meanwhile…
Most schools wills receive more money under the new reforms.
Schooling expert Dr Glenn Savage answers your questions on recent changes to school funding.
Catholic schools and over-funded schools will lose out the most.
For the first time, Education Minister Simon Birmingham has proposed a credible plan to deliver needs-based funding.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education.
The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a ‘Gonski 2.0’ review.