• The benefits of early years education last a lifetime

    Aileen Ashford     |      July 11, 2019

    New research shows that early years education can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve more of their potential, easing their transition into school and society.

  • Should more Aussie kids study Mandarin?

    Warren Midgley     |      July 10, 2019

    The number of students studying Mandarin in Australian schools nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015, but very few pupils from non-Chinese background will ever become fluent in the language.

  • Narrow VET training sells students short

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 1, 2019

    The crisis in Australia’s training sector means TAFEs need to develop their own courses tailored to an unpredictable future.

  • Schools need smart windows more than air conditioning

    Diane Nazaroff     |      June 29, 2019

    Australian classrooms are recording high levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, says UNSW Built Environment Professor Mat Santamouris.

  • Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

    Neil Selwyn     |      June 28, 2019

    Banning mobile phones in school may seem sensible, but research and similar moves elsewhere suggest a blanket ban may introduce some problems.

  • Three ways for universities to outwit disruption

    John Fischetti     |      June 20, 2019

    To remain relevant, Australia’s universities will need to transform into very different entities, with new business models that foster innovation and embrace the interconnection technology offers. And they will need to do so quickly.

  • Education is more than a job ticket

    Luke Zaphir     |      June 19, 2019

    Businesses want students who are ready to step from schools and universities into a job, but education must also create informed citizens and well-rounded individuals, just as it has in the past.

  • Early-years education online: the rise of the virtual preschool

    Neil Selwyn     |      June 12, 2019

    Virtual preschools might be a welcome alternative for home-schoolers and other families who want to keep their children ‘close by’ during their early years, rather than sending them to state or private institutions.

  • Interaction therapy can help disruptive kids in school

    Open Forum     |      June 11, 2019

    UNSW Sydney has partnered with a network of public primary schools and preschools in south-western Sydney to establish one of the world’s first school-based clinics to provide evidence-based early intervention to young children with severe disruptive behaviour.

  • Helping impatient students stay in school

    Ragan Petrie     |      June 7, 2019

    A student’s patience can have a significant impact on their educational outcomes, and understanding its benefits can help inform good policy for Australia’s school system.

  • Parents and teachers need to get along

    Kelly-Ann Allen     |      June 6, 2019

    School staff need to manage difficult parents and identify when more support is required, but with time all parents can make a positive contribution to the wider school community.

  • Opening pre-school to all children

    Jennifer Jackson     |      June 5, 2019

    Fewer than a quarter of young children from low-income families used preschool or childcare services in 2017. Here’s how the government can create an effective, affordable early childhood sector for Australia.