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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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University completion rates won’t be improved by looking at isolated causes

Tim Pitman writes in The Conversation (18.1.17) about how lower completion rates for rural and remote universities are being used by some ... More »

Explainer: what is phonics and why is it important?

Hua-Chen Wang writes in The Conversation (17.1.17) about the role of a phonics-based approach in teaching children to read, summarising so... More »

'Don't cut uni research funding to help NDIS': UQ vice chancellor

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (15.1.17) on the federal government's proposed cuts to university sector research funds to help f... More »

Five things to consider when designing a policy to measure research impact

Andrew Gunn and Michael Mintrom write in The Conversation (13.1.17) about proposed federal government measurements of academic research im... More »

Government spending on education: the winners and losers

Megan O'Connell and Kate Torii (The Conversation, 14.12.16) examine government spending on education in Australia:

'While all... More »

Queensland schools' BYOD program risks leaving poorer students behind, QTU says

The ABC's Kathy McLeish reports (16.12.16) on growing concerns among some parents, educators and the Teachers' Union over the increasing reliance o... More »

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 »


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