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This section contains articles on early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. As with a number of other sections, it contains some articles on Federal Government priorities that have an impact on the State's education system.

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If there’s a magic bullet to fix education outcomes, it starts with equity

Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd (The Guardian, 15.12.16) consider the most resent school test results (PISA and NAPLAN), and conclude:More »

Coalition accused of 'shuffling the deckchairs' as states demand full Gonski funding

Paul Karp reports in The Guardian (15.12.16) that States are on a collision course with Malcolm Turnbull’s government before the edu... More »

No quorum at COAG! Who cares about VET?

Linda Simon (on John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations, 12.12.16) writes that not enough ministers turned up to the COAG Industry and Skill... More »

Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Jennifer Buckingham (Centre for Independent Studies, Report 22, 2016) writes:

'A Year 1 Phonics Screening Check would be an effective and c... More »

Governments need to look beyond education rankings and focus on inequities in the system

Radhika Gorur writes in The Conversation (5.12.16) about the 'furore' over Australia's international rankings in science, maths and Englis... More »

Three ways to boost science performance in Australian schools

Russell Tytler writes in The Conversation (2.12.16) about how Australia’s performance in science education continues to slide d... More »

Australian schools continue to fall behind other countries in maths and science

Sue Thomson writes in The Conversation (29.11.16) about the latest TIMSS report which shows that students in Australia make very little &n... More »

Grattan Institute's 2016 model for school funding and Dean Ashenden's response

Peter Goss and Kate Griffiths of the Grattan Institute propose 'a new deal that aligns funding to need for the same amount of money. We create... More »

Apprenticeships system broken

Anna Patty reports in the Brisbane Times (23.11.16):

'A new report to be released on Wednesday has found Australia's apprenticeshi... More »

Time to rethink NAPLAN?

Anne Susskind questions what effect Naplan is having on children in her article in The Guardian (22.11.16):

'When Naplan star... More »

Schools will teach ‘soft skills’ from 2017, but assessing them presents a challenge

Bill Lucas writes in The Conversation (21.11.16) about the introduction of critical thinking and creativity skills into various areas of t... More »

Prospective higher education students need better information about admissions process: Shergold report

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (16.11.16) about details of a report delivered to the federal Education Minister, Simon Birmin... More »

Expansion is no longer the answer to improving the Australian education system

TJRyan Foundation Research Associate, Dean Ashenden, writes in The Conversation (8.11.16) about how the 'growth' mantra, favoured for so l... More »

Two years of preschool have more impact than one, research shows

Stacey Fox writes in The Conversation (31.10.16) about research showing that two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effect... More »

Queensland's high school OP changes delayed a year

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (18.10.16) on the government's announcement of a delay to planned changes to Queensland's ... More »

We need to rethink recruitment for men in primary schools

Kevin McGrath writes in The Conversation (17.10.16) about the shortage in Australia of male school teachers, suggesting ways that governme... More »

University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

Katharine Gelber writes in The Conversation (12.10.16) about moves by some universities, amid encouragement from the federal government fo... More »

New VET Student Loans unlikely to weed out dodgy private providers

Mary Leahy and Shelley Gillis write in The Conversation (7.10.16) about the federal government's proposed moves to reform the vocational s... More »

Placing a cap on teaching degrees doesn’t guarantee better teachers

Sara Glover and George McLean write in The Conversation (5.10.16) about calls from some of the larger universities and Education Ministers... More »

Let’s meet in the middle on schools funding, not continue the trench warfare

The Grattan Institute's Peter Goss writes in The Conversation (23.9.16) about the continuing impasse between the federal Coalition Governm... More »

Why we need an independent authority to oversee tertiary education

Peter Noonan writes in The Conversation (26.9.16) about the need for independent oversight of government funding for universities and voca... More »

Sweeping changes needed in Queensland's vocational education: report

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (15.9.16) on the release of a joint report from Central Queensland University and the Chamber of ... More »

Political meddling in teacher education needs to stop

Diane Mayer writes in The Conversation (13.9.16) about the hotly debated issue of school teacher education, and how political 'interferenc... More »

Post-school education: the continuing national policy vacuum

An earlier collection of articles indicated the failure of the federal election campaign to confront the policy vacuum which faces administrators i... More »

What Gonski really meant, and how that’s been forgotten almost everywhere

Member of the Gonski Review panel, and former NSW Education Department Director-­General, Ken Boston, writes in Inside Story (6.9.16) ... More »


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