• How to help your kids with homework – without doing it for them

    Melissa Barnes     |      January 27, 2020

    While it’s important to show support and model learning behaviour, there is a limit to how much help you can give without robbing your child of the opportunity to learn for themselves.

  • Back to school means back to bedtimes

    Open Forum     |      January 25, 2020

    Amid the back-to-school dash for backpacks, books and last-minute haircuts, children’s sleep routines must also be high on the agenda if parents want to start the year on the right foot.

  • Why meta skills matter

    Melis Senova     |      January 11, 2020

    The development of meta-skills will be vital in a society and economy transformed by technological change, and a new ‘Institute for Human Progress’ could help the education system prepare students for an exciting but uncertain future.

  • Assessing what we value, not valuing what we assess

    Sandra Milligan     |      December 31, 2019

    NAPLAN and PISA are part of a wider approach to schooling and testing that isn’t fit for purpose anymore, and our focus on results can leave us oblivious to the big picture,

  • We need another education conversation

    Jan Owen     |      December 13, 2019

    The results of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are in—and they are alarming for Australia.

  • Australia’s slipping student scores will widen income inequality

    Richard Holden     |      December 11, 2019

    The skills children learn at school have dramatic implications for their own future and the nation’s productivity, living standards and income inequality.

  • Rescuing Australia’s lost students

    Jim Watterston     |      December 3, 2019

    The alarmingly high number of school-aged Australians detached from education has been largely hidden – until now.

  • Tackling Chinese military infiltration of Western universities

    Alex Joske     |      December 3, 2019

    Australian and other western universities have been all too eager to accept funding from China for research projects which bolster the Chinese military’s threat.

  • Why most music students drop out

    Rachel White     |      December 2, 2019

    More than half of year 10 music students in NSW dropped the subject by the time they reached year 12, often so they could choose subjects that would help them get a higher ATAR.

  • Unlocking the school gates

    Kate de Bruin     |      November 17, 2019

    Some schools still discourage, limit or even refuse to accept children with special needs, despite a legal obligation to do so.

  • Will Australia support a shift to lifelong learning?

    Caitlin Ruddock     |      November 11, 2019

    Dr Caitlin Ruddock reflects on the discussions at the recent GAP Summit on Lifelong Learning and the challenges Australian educationalists and policy makers face in closing our gaps in skills and knowledge.

  • Alternative ATAR

    Sandra Milligan     |      November 1, 2019

    As students prepare for their end-of-year exams, new research is exploring an alternative to the ATAR that can recognise student achievement and inspire good learning in broader ways.