Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
Focusing on the opportunity to learn gap removes the emphasis from locating "the problem" in the person, and turns our attention to the differences in access to educational resources.
Redesigning staffing policies will attract and retain high-quality teachers in the schools that need them most.
17% of the Australian population is now of various Asian backgrounds. School curriculum around Asia-Australia relations needs updating to reflect demograpic changes.
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Our enemy is complacency – blaming the post-codes, fixing the students not the system, and arguing for more resources to continue what is not working.
Despite significant reform agendas over the past decade, no real progress in outcomes has been achieved.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
The latest round of NAPLAN results show Australia's school systems are not good at reducing the influence of a student's background on their academic achievement.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Any new approach to linking welfare payments to attendance must address the flaws of previous trials. It will require the cooperation of schools and the availability of accurate, real-time data.
Australia needs a new approach to solve the rural staffing churn. The solution might be found in better preparing those who teach the teachers.
Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Students with disability are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.
Drawing can help us to think creatively and develop hand-eye coordination. But an insecurity around 'not being able to draw' is preventing many high-school students from using this skill.
Mixed messages from the Coalition government around schools policy are not only confusing, but also raise deeper questions about whether they have a firm position on schooling at all.
With the current demands from industry for STEM graduates, how many are going to give up high paying jobs in industry for the short term sugar-hit of $15,000 and the stress of the classroom?
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.