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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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Reading, writing, return on investment?

Two years ago, central city high school Perth Modern was doing pretty well. It ranked third among government schools and 18th on the contentious Western Australia Curriculum Council league tables, representing year 12 students with scores in the top third ...

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A necessary change

Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, recently announced that the proposed scheme to reward the ‘top 10 per cent’ of Australian teachers with one-off bonuses had been scrapped and would be replaced by a new scheme ...

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Early years making progress

A massive shift is taking place in Australian early childhood services. Traditionally, the childcare sector’s role has been to offer a safe and caring place for children whose parents are working. That role, however, is expanding to be one of ...

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More English is not better English

The Northern Territory Minister for Education and Training Chris Burns is wrong to continue with English-only classes for indigenous children for the first four hours of each school day. In his article “NT backs multilingual approach” (Education Review, November 2011) ...

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