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.
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.
Get ready: Nicky Morgan announces big changes ahead for schools.
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Unpacked: academy ramp-up, new teacher qualifications and school funding formula.
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.
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms.
Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
The government see private schools as the solution to quality.
The dumping of Gonski education funding model will inevitably increase social inequality – funding for public schools will reduce while support for private schools increase.
How prepared are we to support young Syrian refugees entering our school system?
Under the current system, nobody is accountable for the progress of students learning English in schools – or whether funding is being used appropriately.
School funding should be needs-based, but how do you judge the need?
For the first time in Australia's history the education levels of parents will be taken into account when funding is being allocated.
“How much cash” is the wrong debate to be having about school funding.
Political debates around school funding focus on public versus private, which party is the Gonski champion, and who gets the most money. All of these debates miss the point.
All children must by law attend school, therefore the government has an obligation to provide quality public education, regardless of family status.
Fairfax press has reported the federal government’s green paper on reforming the federation has suggested four possible scenarios for school funding: Give states and territories complete funding responsibility…
The 2015 budget has confirmed the Coalition’s “Gonski-lite” school funding model.
The budget has dribs and drabs of funds for various school projects, but they pale in comparison to the Gonski money we're missing out on.
The Conservatives and UKIP want to allow unqualified teachers.
Our expert looks at the manifestos' pledges on funding, coasting schools and teachers.
A familiar sight? It might soon become one.
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The next government may have a teachers’ strike on its hands within months if it fails to address what unions have called a schools funding crisis. The National Union of Teachers has backed a motion to…
Time for fresh thinking.
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The debate about how to build a sound, sustainable system of governance for English schools out of the disarray that the coalition government will bequeath to its successor is gaining momentum. The present…
Larger class sizes can have negative impacts on disadvantaged students.
A recent report by the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission has suggested that reducing class sizes in the state has not improved student academic performance. The report said that despite…
It is possible for schools to drag themselves out of low participation, low academic results and high attrition rates.
I’m over it. The endless binary debates that fuel the great education wars. Public vs private, phonics vs whole language, autonomy vs command and control. So yesterday as my young friends would say. It…
Gonski’s report on school funding has been backed by a senate committee even though the federal government isn’t backing it.
With very limited media attention, the Australian public could be excused for not even knowing about the Senate Select Committee that handed down its report on equity and excellence in Australian schools…
The investigations into the Trojan Horse affair, where a group of schools in Birmingham were accused of failing to protect children from extremism, has provoked a number of criticisms centred on the way…