Should international league tables drive education policy?

Last week it was TIMSS. This week it’s PISA. Report cards on the performance of education systems are everywhere right now. The PISA results released today (PISA is the Program for International Assessment) tell as similar story to the TIMSS report last week: that Australian students are not performing as well as hoped for in … More Should international league tables drive education policy?

Teachers as researchers

Last week, our system held its inaugural secondary Mathematics conference with the focus on teachers as researchers.  Along with school and system leaders, secondary mathematics teachers, we also had our academic partner, Emeritus Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University along with Sue Wilson from the Australian Catholic University (ACT campus) and Professor Kathryn Holmes from Western Sydney University attend. … More Teachers as researchers

Leaders as readers

In 2012, John Coleman wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘For those who want to lead, read’.  Coleman observed that business professionals were reading less despite their being wide-ranging benefits to leadership.  According to Coleman, deep and broad reading habits have been the ‘defining characteristic of our greatest leaders’ catalysing ‘insight, innovation, empathy, … More Leaders as readers

Along the battle lines

The NSW Department of Education’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation published its report last year finding that Reading Recovery (used in almost a thousand of its primary schools) should be ‘restricted to the lowest performing students’. The mere mention of Reading Recovery sparks vigorous debate in a war that has been ongoing for decades between the behaviourists (phonics) … More Along the battle lines