EduWeek March 7

March 6, 2015  ·  Categories: EduWeek, Featured  ·  No Comments

This week we saw My School results updated and the primary school national curriculum sent off for review. In higher-education news it was more of the same: an inquiry into university funding rumbled on and Education Minister Christopher Pyne continued negotiations in the hopes of passing his higher education reform bill. Testing times for the national curriculum My School, the...

EduWeek February 28

February 28, 2015  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

For a second week running Australia's vocational education system attracted bad press, but also the injection of some fresh ideas on how to reform the troubled sector. The fallout from the release of the Australian government's review into initial teacher training was also front and centre of the news, and the NSW election moved just a little closer still with the announcement of more...

EduWeek February 14

February 13, 2015  ·  Categories: EduWeek, Featured  ·  No Comments

After a month examining four big themes in education, this weekend we resume our regular EduWeek updates. If you missed our Summer Series you can still find our analysis of the state of play in teacher quality, school autonomy, parent engagement and school curriculum online. This week's education news was dominated by the release of four reports: The Teacher Education...

EduWeek Summer Series: The Australian Curriculum

January 30, 2015  ·  Categories: EduWeek, Featured  ·  No Comments

In our third instalment of EduWeek's Summer Series we take a look at the political battleground that is the Australian Curriculum and consider what effect the Federal Government's review of the curriculum will likely have inside classrooms. The Australian Curriculum is a set of documents that codify what is to be taught in Australian schools. Administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA),...

EduWeek Summer Series: School Autonomy

January 16, 2015  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

To start the new year the first four editions of EduWeek will look a little different to usual. Instead of providing a summary of weekly news happenings, we'll instead dedicate each issue to examining a prominent theme in education. This week we'll start by looking at school autonomy, a key part of the Federal Government's 'Students First' agenda. Put simply, school autonomy is about...

EduWeek December 6

December 5, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

Source: AAP Pyne's reforms all at sea The last sitting week of the year saw the Australian Government finally put its plans for higher education reform to the Senate. The vote was lost 31 to 33, but the defeat was narrower than many anticipated just a few weeks earlier. The Government was always going to get the votes of crossbencher Senators David Leyonhjelm...

EduWeek November 22

November 21, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

NSW leads on funding reform & a mixed report on closing the gap in education Source: The Australian NSW leading the nation on school funding On Thursday NSW Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced additional funding for NSW public schools in 2015, which will be allocated using the needs-based funding model pioneered by the state this year....

Eduweek November 8

November 7, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

New data on teacher training The latest Initial Teacher Education report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership was released this week, with Chair John Hattie taking to The Australian to preach the importance of good data. Hattie poured some cold water over the idea that there is a glut of teaching graduates, pointing out that the post-graduation employment rate is not...

Eduweek October 18

October 17, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

Curriculum reviewed Last Sunday the bumper 288 page Review of the Australian Curriculum finally saw the light of day. Since appointing Conservative teacher-turned-commentator Dr Kevin Donnelly as one of the two lead reviewers, anticipation had been building of a report that would mark the first salvo of a 'culture war' in our classrooms. Evidently Donnelly's long-standing penchant for airing rather controversial views on schooling and social matters...

The Weekly Wrap

August 29, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

After months of attempting to sell its plan to the public, the Australian Government this week presented its Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill to parliament. There was nothing unexpected, but some finer details of the package were specified. The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives swiftly, but Senate passage in its current form remains quite unlikely. Over the last month Education...