New evidence-based methods of teaching and learning are being taken up very slowly.
Despite significant reform agendas over the past decade, no real progress in outcomes has been achieved.
Is school the most important part of education?
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
A new model proposes to fix school funding arrangements.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.
A new VET student loan scheme will aim at putting a stop to rorting by dodgy private colleges. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the new scheme is being built from the ground up.
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.
Should special deals with states and non-government sectors be removed?
A new school funding model being proposed aims to free up funds to help education ministers resolve their differences in state funding, and deliver needs-based funding in full.
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.
Simon Birmingham said the government would work with the states for a new post-2017 deal ‘tied to evidence-based school improvement initiatives’.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has released figures to prepare the way for a major overhaul of federal funding for schools.
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.
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.
Should it be the government or the states that decide how money is spent in schools?
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.
If a funding promise is later “unpromised”, does that constitute a cut?
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Among Labor's most popular refrains is the claim that the government has cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals. Is it true?
‘Labor leader Bill Shorten was wrong to claim an immediate GDP boost from his party’s education policy.’
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
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.
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 federal government has announced it will give an extra $1.2 billion to schools.
So far the budget has given us more education gift cards to use in the stores of the federal government’s choosing - two more tests for children; one when they come into school and one when they leave.
Tuesday’s budget will provide a boost in funding for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
Tuesday's budget will provide $153.6 million over five years to boost security arrangements for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
‘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?
Is it fair to say universities are letting employers down?
Young people are pressured into university and many end up in unsuitable courses. We need to recognise these realities and be clear about the purpose of higher education so it doesn't lose its value.