Too many teachers leave their profession within the first five years of teaching. Some Australian research puts that number at around 50%, and the numbers are similar in other developed countries. We know some of the reasons why so many teachers leave the profession. We know that many feel the pressure of increased professional demands, … More Give teaching back to teachers
Last week in his address to the National Press Club, the Prime Minister made brief mention that increased funding to schools hasn’t delivered improved educational outcomes. In the context of Australia’s slipping international rankings in Maths, Science and Reading, the Federal Government wants the biggest bang for the least amount of bucks. One of the specific … More Cracking the code
At the start of each school year, our school leadership teams gather to reflect on the work and remind ourselves of our why. A key focus for our system leaders this year is school attendance. We need every student showing up every day in order for them to receive a quality and relevant educational experience. We often … More Creating citizen scholars
Social media, particularly Twitter, is awash with ‘listicles’ such as the ‘top four trends’ or the ‘five best ways to….’. So in the spirit of BuzzFeed, and to simplify the work for our politicians/policy-makers, here is a list of the top nine things that I would like to see happen in education in 2017: Educational discourse will … More An education wishlist for 2017
I was interested to read a recent report that Singapore schools will ease their focus on exam results in order to foster teacher/student innovation and creativity. Singapore’s authorities have recognised that blitzing school exams may reflect a good technical understanding but it doesn’t guarantee a creative or innovative mindset – a key ingredient in the knowledge economy. Although Singapore has been at the top … More The evolution of schooling
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?
For more than a century the requirements of the workforce/economy have influenced what has been taught in schools. In the industrial age, skills like efficiency and conformity were highly valued. What developed was a model of schooling that endeavoured to impart these skills through the curriculum. Even today, the requirements of a 21st century workforce seem to dominate educational … More What are schools preparing learners for?