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A tale of two systems

I found the schools I visited in Finland to be much more relaxed than those I am familiar with in Australia. But this was not the lazy feeling of relaxation one feels on a holiday, rather it was a relaxed ...

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The need for a long view

The Gonksi review has attempted to address two long-standing and intensifying sets of issues in the funding and governance of Australian schooling. Its innovative and well researched report that includes numerous recommendations to address these issues now confronts another set ...

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We need to talk more about Gonski

It has become a cliche to respond to the recently released Gonski report on school funding by saying “the devil’s in the detail”. On the face of it, the main directions of the report’s recommendations – new shared funding arrangements ...

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Race to the Finnish

The international benchmarking convention in Winnipeg, Canada, on March 2 bought together educators from countries whose students do well on international measures of achievement, such as the Program for International Student Achievement (PISA) and Trends in Mathematics and Science Study ...

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Struggle for equitable solutions

It is alarming to find that the Gonski report is to re-establish the battles between the major lobby groups in school funding. This outcome is inevitable and indeed appears to be one the objectives of the report. In a climate ...

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All’s not quiet on the Western Front

As the Gillard government begins trialling its Locally Empowered Schools initiative this year, Western Australia continues with its own version of principal autonomy. Independent Public Schools (IPS) has been touted as a means of providing power to principals. However, a ...

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The wide world

We’ve had reviews and reports before but the Review of Funding for Schooling has changed the debate maybe forever, which is about the same length of time it might take to implement its recommendations. The Gonski review already represents something ...

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Opportunity for major reform

The Gonski report exemplifies the adage that one should not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. The report demonstrates that it is possible to create a school funding system that is acceptable to most, even if ...

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Overcoming pitfalls of the past

The Australian Parents Council (APC) has given in-principle support to the proposed future directions outlined in the Gonski report. That said, there is a huge amount of detail to be worked through as the concepts and proposed structures contained in ...

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