• Proving what really works in education

    John Hattie     |      September 19, 2018

    Using data and reason, rather than intuition, to decide where to invest the large sums spent globally on education, would make a huge difference to the learning outcomes of many students

  • Choosing the right school for your child

    Nicky Dulfer     |      September 11, 2018

    Choosing the right school for your children can be a daunting prospect for any family, but keeping a few simple tips in mind can help make the right decision for everyone.

  • Phonics training in preschool fast tracks reading skills

    Andrew Spence     |      August 23, 2018

    A South Australian study has found that Preschool children who receive phonics and sound awareness training can improve their reading more quickly than their untutored peers.

  • Universities return $66 billion to the Australian public, new research claims

    Larissa Mavros     |      August 16, 2018

    UNSW Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ian Jacobs’ address at the National Press Club highlighted the economic contributions of Australia’s top research universities.

  • International education is vital to Australia’s Indo-Pacific relationships

    Larissa Mavros     |      August 8, 2018

    International education means a lot more than foreign students merely coming to study in Australia and then leaving with a degree, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a meeting at UNSW Sydney.

  • How to help your child love playing music

    Open Forum     |      August 7, 2018

    Nagging or bribing a child to practise their musical instrument only makes the activity feel like a chore. Here’s how to support your child and bring back harmony to the whole family.

  • Teaching your child to cope

    Erica Frydenberg     |      August 4, 2018

    Children are not immune to the stresses and pressures of modern life but coping skills to improve their ability to cope can be encouraged by their parents and teachers. With depression rates on the rise among young people, learning them is more important than ever.

  • International students are good for Australia

    Laurie Pearcey     |      August 2, 2018

    Calls for a cap on international students are unfounded and put at risk a major driver of Australia’s prosperity, potentially leading to the demise of a colossus which, indeed, we might never see again.

  • Physical activity at school helps the mind as well as the body

    Brendon Hyndman     |      July 27, 2018

    The evidence is in. Compulsory sport and physical education at school improves children’s memory, attention and ability to concentrate, as well as boosting their fitness.

  • Prison job programs help ex-convicts stay out of trouble

    Open Forum     |      June 9, 2018

    New research shows that vocation and education training in prison can play an important role in reducing rates of recidivism when offenders are released back into the community.

  • How Australia got so many law schools

    Gwilym Croucher     |      June 5, 2018

    Law is cheap to teach and promises high career rewards, but Australia’s boom in law schools after policy changes in the 1980s left too many students chasing too few careers.

  • Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

    Megan Ennes     |      June 4, 2018

    Australian educators have tried, and largely failed, to encourage more students to study STEM subjects. Could a simple step like giving students lab coats in classes encourage more young people to pursue careers in science?