Category: EduWeek

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 15

November 19, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

Battle for the Education State The “Education State” election campaign barrelled on this week, with the announcement of a number of education-related policies emerging from the camps of Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and leader of the Labor Opposition Daniel Andrews. Expanding on a 2010 commitment made by then Opposition leader Ted Baillieu, Premier Napthine announced a $78 million investment over four...

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 25

October 24, 2014  ·  Categories: EduWeek  ·  No Comments

School funding back on the agenda A symposium* on school funding reform had grim news to share with Australia: education outcomes are just as inequitable as they were when David Gonski handed down the findings of the review he led in 2011. The symposium, run by school funding reform group Need to Succeed, heard evidence assembled by former principals Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd that education...