A new report shows that universal access to preschool education enhances developmental outcomes for all children, particularly for disadvantaged children.
Victorian private schools will receive a hidden windfall dividend of nearly $200 million following the recent announcement of the Labor Government to increase funding for public schools by $747 million.
Australia’s heavy investment in computer-based technology in schools has failed to improve student performance in reading, mathematics and science according to the OECD.
Australia’s schools are becoming more segregated in terms of class and ethnicity and it has serious implications equity in education and for multiculturalism and social cohesion.
The election of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister creates a new opportunity for bi-partisan support for the Gonski funding plan. It should not be missed.
SOS submission to the NSW Parliament inquiry on school closures recommends that governments considering closing public schools should carefully analyse the educational, financial and social impact on students, their families and the general school community. It says that proposed school closures should be examined by an independent public inquiry process.
New OECD brief shows dramatic improvement in Year 12 completion in Australia in the last 30 years, but there is room for further improvement. Completing school increases employment prospects and future earnings.
Needs-based funding can boost the achievement of disadvantaged students.
Allowing for-profit schools in Australia would be a huge mistake. They have a very bad record overseas.
Scientific research shows that completing high school leads to lower levels of mortality and that not completing school may be as deadly as smoking. Gonski funding will be good for health as well as education.
A new report finds that academy schools (which are an English version of independent public schools) perform no better than traditional public schools.
SOS research paper shows that governments have discriminated against disadvantaged students in public schools. Total government funding for public schools has fallen in real terms while funding for Catholic and Independent schools has increased.
The National Catholic Education Commission has set a smokescreen of misleading data to divert attention from the impact of discriminatory government funding policies that favour private schools over public schools.
New figures show that, adjusted for inflation, government funding for private schools has increased since 2009, while funding for public schools has been cut.
A new study shows that the socio-economic composition of schools has a large effect on student achievement. It contradicts claims that school socio-economic composition is irrelevant for student achievement.
A Victorian school principal speaks out on the school corruption scandal. Despite Victoria have a highly devolved school system, principals and school business managers receive little training in school financial management.
Senate Estimates hearings reveal that the Victorian Government has agreed to support Tony Abbott’s pet project for two US style P-TECH schools in Ballarat and Geelong.
Federal Department of Education and Training officials are befuddled by Christopher Pyne’s often repeated claim that school funding has increased by 40% in the last 10 years. It has only increased by 5.6% or 0.6% a year.
Federal Budget ignored the needs of disadvantaged students.
US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised.
Report shows that first year students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at Victoria University achieved better results than high SES students.
Retired principals’ leader outlines ways that principals can meet their responsibility to make teacher training effective.
Recent studies show that improving equity in education boosts economic growth, reduces income inequality and increases health and well-being.
The NSW Legislative Council has unanimously condemned the Abbott Government’s refusal to fund the full six years of the Gonski funding plan.
Save Our Schools today called for public consultation and scrutiny of the P-TECH schools proposed for Ballarat and Geelong and sponsored by the giant IT multinational IBM.
The introduction of P-TECH schools is proceeding without any evidence that they work and without any open discussion of their implications for the curriculum, how public schools are governed and how education is delivered in the classroom. They should be publicly scrutinized before being implemented.
A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests.
The findings of a new OECD report show that the refusal of the Federal Government and several state governments to fully fund Gonksi will mean lower economic growth over the next 80 years.
A working paper published by SOS shows that Australia has high quality, but mixed school outcomes. The paper is the first in a series on equity in education and school funding in Australia.
A policy brief highlights the extent of poverty amongst US school children and its effects on learning and access to school resources