Schools of inquiry

In March the NSW Government announced its blueprint for improving schooling.  The action plan includes raising entry requirements for teaching courses at universities and ensuring the quality of initial teacher education is regularly assessed.  This is a positive move. Attracting the best and the brightest is something that all education systems desire. Yet attracting is … More Schools of inquiry

Beyond the black-belt

There is a saying in martial arts that when a student makes it to black-belt, the real learning begins. We should be seeing teaching through the same lens. When teachers enter the classroom for the first time, the learning begins and it must never stop. Research shows that ongoing professional learning is critical to improving … More Beyond the black-belt

The mind has moved

Recently I attended the third Biennial National Education Forum, convened jointly every two years by all state and territory Australian governments to track and share progress in education from around Australia against the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians – an agreement between state, territory and commonwealth Education Ministers on a shared … More The mind has moved

Our biggest investment

I caught an interview on CNN with Bill Gates reflecting on what he would do to change the education system in America.  Gates said if he could change something about the system, he would ‘hire the best teachers’ and get them to learn from each other because the research on the influence of good teaching … More Our biggest investment

Teachers at the centre

Is student-centred learning a given when we are talking about schooling in today’s world?  Our system’s theory of action has the student at the centre but in recent times, I have begun to rethink whether the teacher should be at the centre.  Without good teachers and leaders at the centre, can you improve the learning … More Teachers at the centre