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
Last week our system welcomed 160 new teachers to the profession. The excitement of these teachers is infectious and after my 40 years in education, I know their work will be transformative in nurturing the heart, mind and spirits of students. In addressing our new leaders and teachers, I urged them not to be disheartened by the … More The fierce urgency of now
According to a recent Victorian study, many assistant principals aren’t prepared to take on the role of principal because of the associated work stress. Responding to the survey, Dennis Yarrington, president of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) was quoted saying that many states and territories were already looking at “innovative practices around principal development” to provide the skills and knowledge … More A new lens
The Reggio Emilia approach highlighted the importance of the physical environment on learning and teaching. The incorporation of the physical environment (in Reggio Emilia) to enhance early childhood experiences is seen as the child’s ‘third teacher’. Stephen Heppell has been working for two decades on raising the status of the ‘third teacher’ within the K-12 … More The third teacher
A recent survey of small to medium businesses said the education system isn’t providing the skills students need to be ‘entrepreneurial and innovative‘. Is education failing business or is business failing education? I attended the Western Sydney Business Connection State of the Region Address by the Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW this week. Around … More Business failing education?
There are calls for fundamental changes to be made to the funding and regulation of Vocational and Educational Training (VET) in Australia. In today’s Sydney Morning Herald, the Federal Education Minister said he wants to boost the status of VET so ‘students don’t feel they have to go to university to have a good career.’ It reflects the need … More A level playing field
I have just returned from two days at the third annual Leadership for School Improvement Colloquium. The passion and pride for Catholic education is always evident at these gatherings; it reinforces the importance of taking time to reflect collectively on the how and the why. I have to say however I left feeling a little flat … More Improvement is no longer the challenge