Government wants to create a national test for reading, phonics and numeracy in Year 1.
Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
Gifted children in poor areas of Africa’s cities are unlikely to make it to secondary school.
Some believe children who are first-generation learners with illiterate parents are not capable of greatness. But some of the cleverest, most committed and most creative children come from slum areas.
‘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.
Increasing targeted needs-based school funding is an essential, but not sufficient, condition.
The federal government has argued consistently that more money does not lead to better educational outcomes. But is that right?
Education standards in Australia are slipping.
International education tests reveal Australia has either stagnated or declined in many subject areas, including maths and science, while other countries have made big improvements. Why is this?
The education system can do more to meet the needs of individual children.
It is not a question about whether to invest in bold and meaningful education policy, but how to invest, where it is needed, and in the areas that are proven to have impact.
‘For too long schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.’
We need a major revamp of teacher education from the inside out that changes the model to provide all children with the education that is right for them.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Learning any language is difficult – even if you already speak a variation of it at home.
There are many layers of complexity at play in the way that South African schools use and teach languages.
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.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour.
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Funding is one of the few areas Labor has left to distinguish itself from the Coalition when it comes to school policy at the national level.
Does the diversity of your local school reflect your local area?
Rather than being microcosms of the community, schools are increasingly divided by class and ethnicity.
How can we keep teachers in the job?
The only way to retain good teachers is to change the way schools operate at a systemic level.
Let’s do this democratically.
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