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Budget 2018: Government walks the Gonski talk

As expected, the 2018 Budget has delivered cash for the latest education reforms, the most notable of which is Gonski 2.0. The plan will see schools receive an additional $24.5 billion over the next 10 years, on a needs basis. While Gonski ...

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Could a new language strategy help close the gap?

In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students constituted approximately six per cent of all Australian school enrollments. Yet, it is well-known that they tend to struggle in this context compared with their non-indigenous peers: their 10 point lower school ...

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Ivory powers: the piano’s hidden benefits

Although music is a universal cultural characteristic, according to national peak body Music Australia just 23 per cent of government schools provide students with an effective music education. By contrast, 88 per cent of independent schools do so. This is additionally concerning as it ...

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Gonski report branded ‘quite radical in parts’

Gonski has once again hit the headlines. This time, however, a school funding aggregate focus has been sidelined to debate how the money should be spent. This is due to the release of the businessman and education advocate’s government commissioned report on ...

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Sector reacts to Chief Scientist’s ATAR critique

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has an ATAR-related grievance. “Students select their courses with an eye to a number: the ATAR to enter a particular course,” he wrote in his introduction to the STEM Industry-Schools Partnerships report. “Rightly or wrongly, ...

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