• Australia bombs in student satisfaction

    Kelly-Ann Allen     |      March 11, 2020

    Educational communities are critical in either supporting and building, or hindering and destroying, the sense of belonging that supports student success.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beating bullying in schools

    Karyn Healy     |      June 3, 2019

    Schools are taking the problem of bullying more seriously than before, but not every school’s anti-bullying program works – some may actually make bullying worse. Evaluating their relative effectiveness is vital to keep our children safe and happy.

  • Is your child lonely at school?

    Terry Bowles     |      April 11, 2019

    Loneliness and isolation can cause serious problems, especially for children in primary and secondary school, but there are key steps that can help your child connect to the school and their peers and be happy.

  • Improving education in country schools could add $56B to GDP

    Open Forum     |      October 25, 2018

    A report from the Gonksi Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney calculates that Australia could add more than $50B to its annual Gross Domestic Product by improving educational outcomes for students in regional, rural and remote areas of the country.

  • Measuring student progress: A state-by-state report card 

    Open Forum     |      October 23, 2018

    A new Grattan Institute national report card on NAPLAN school results reveals big differences between the states on the rate of progress students make over the course of their schooling.

  • Gonski review calls for a fresh approach to improve Australia’s schools

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 1, 2018

    The newly published Gonski review attacks the quality of current Australian schooling and urges a more dynamic and individualised teaching approach to ensure our children reach their full potential.

  • The problem with staffing rural schools

    Daniela Acquaro     |      April 26, 2018

    Attracting new teachers to country schools remains one of the biggest challenges in Australian education and encouraging student teachers to complete placements in rural schools as a way to address the chronic shortage of teachers in the bush isn’t working.