• Looking back on 2014

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2014

    I would like to thank you, the Open Forum community, for your support and engagement throughout the year. You are instrumental in shaping this website with your blogs, ideas and comments.

  • Education is our human right!

    Polly Chester     |      December 23, 2014

    On the same day that a university graduation ceremony took place in Australia, far away in Pakistan a school was stormed and 142 people executed. Polly Chester says education is a human right that we shouldn’t take for granted.

  • Read about GAP’s Education Summit

    Open Forum     |      December 20, 2014

    Education in Australia took center stage at the 5th National Economic Review held at NSW Parliament House in Sydney on 18 and 19 September 2014.

  • Why all education matters to us

    Prof. James Guthrie     |      December 18, 2014

    Federal ministers, policy makers, CEOs and academics recently gathered to discuss the current state and future of Australian education. James Guthrie summarises what happened at this year’s GAP summit.

  • Everyone can benefit from paid parental leave changes

    Samantha Page     |      December 11, 2014

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has decided to redirect funds from his controversial paid parental leave scheme into early childhood education. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, welcomes the policy change.

  • What to give a child who can’t read?

    Jennifer Buckingham     |      December 10, 2014

    The results from the latest NAPLAN show that large numbers of students in Years 3 to 9 in Victoria have profound problems with literacy and numeracy. Jennifer Buckingham says Victorian families deserve much better than what both the Labor and Liberal parties have promised.

  • A ‘no-consequences’ education produces unemployable graduates

    Rachael Sharman     |      November 5, 2014

    Our modern education system seems to have become complicit in the business of manufacturing aspirations, no matter how delusional. Rachael Sharman says we need a shift in attitude from educational organisations, students and parents.

  • Rethink assessment and learning

    Open Forum     |      October 21, 2014

    Global Mindset presents its 12th conference on Assessment and Learning on 29 October 2014. The conference is all about students and teachers and how they can improve learning through better understanding of the current state and the future of assessment and learning.

  • The future of our students

    Andrew Vann     |      October 13, 2014

    The Federal Government continues to debate higher education reforms. Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann wonders how competing globally will help students complete their studies, ensure graduates find work and provide communities with qualified professionals to sustain them.

  • Better educational outcomes: Start early

    Frank Oberklaid     |      October 1, 2014

    In recent years there has been a welcome national debate about how we can improve educational outcomes for Australian children. At the recent Global Access Partners Summit on Education Professor Frank Oberklaid said that learning is as a continuum from birth, and policy and services should reflect this.

  • How do we future proof access to quality education for everyone?

    Lila Mularczyk     |      October 1, 2014

    The Gonski review in 2011 negotiated funding agreements for six years in five states, which the current Government reduced to four years. High School Principal Lila Mularczyk says that students, communities and the nation need the clarity and certainty of the full Gonski reform.

  • Factors in school success: policy and practice

    Suzette Young     |      September 29, 2014

    Suzette Young, Principal Emeritus at Willoughby Girls High School, spoke at the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit on Education on 19 September 2014. She shares elements for school improvement and ponders how this could be applied on the policy front.