Most school mergers lead to lower student achievement

The majority of merged schools deliver lower exam results in the first three years according to new UK research.

A study by the Hay Group, an international management consultancy firm, shows that 55% of merged schools in the UK had a sustained decline in student performance in the three years after the merger than the average for the separate schools in the three years before. Continue reading “Most school mergers lead to lower student achievement”

FOI Documents Show that School Closures Will Hit Least-Well Off Communities

ACT Department of Education documents obtained under Freedom of Information legislation confirm Save Our Schools research that the least-well off communities in Canberra will be hardest hit by school closures.

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Why No Cost-Benefit Study of Towards 2020?

The ACT Government has failed to do a cost-benefit study of the Towards 2020 Plan despite its own policy in support of such analyses of major policy initiatives and despite the requirement of the Education Act to assess the impact of school closures proposals.  

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Independent Report Shows that the Govt. has Failed to Sustain a Case for School Closures

A report prepared by an independent expert for the ACT P&C Council shows that the ACT Government has failed to sustain a case for its plan to close 39 schools and partially close 5 others. The Government has failed to undertake a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the impact of Towards 2020 and major impacts of the plan have not been properly considered. Continue reading “Independent Report Shows that the Govt. has Failed to Sustain a Case for School Closures”

Media release 19 October 2006 – Birth Figures Call School Closure Plan into Question

Save Our Schools today called on the Minister for Education to re-estimate the enrolment projections in ACT government schools in the light of birth figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new figures call into question the whole basis of the ACT Government’s school closure plan. Continue reading “Media release 19 October 2006 – Birth Figures Call School Closure Plan into Question”

Media Release – Low Income Students Do Better in Small Schools

Save Our Schools today released a research report that shows that students from low income families do better in small schools.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the research refutes Government claims that closing small schools will allow resources to be better targeted to address educational need and socio-economic disadvantage. Continue reading “Media Release – Low Income Students Do Better in Small Schools”

Small Schools Achieve Better Results for Students from Low Income Families

A stream of research studies in recent years has added substantially to our knowledge about the relationship between school size and student achievement. It shows that student socio-economic background is a major factor in how school size affects student outcomes. This has important implications for the Stanhope Government’s proposal to close 39 schools and to partially close 5 other schools.

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Conversion to Early Childhood Schools

In addition to proposing the closure of 17 schools and 22 pre-schools, Towards 2020 also proposes the conversion of 5 other schools to early childhood schools that include pre-school to Years 3 or 4.

Two of these schools, Charnwood PS and Narrabundah PS, have been given two different options. Two others, Lyons PS and Yarralumla PS, are proposed for amalgamation with other schools, but their sites would be retained as P-3 units. Southern Cross PS is proposed to become an autonomous P-3 school.

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Media release 29 September 2006 – Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income Families

Save Our Schools today accused the Minister for Education of deliberately talking down the impact of his school closure plan on low income families.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister to assure low income families that their needs will be taken into consideration in deciding whether any schools would close from the end of this year. Continue reading “Media release 29 September 2006 – Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income Families”

Media Release 17 September 2006 – Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School Closures

Save Our Schools today called on the Chief Minister to apologise for denying that his school closure plan will severely impact on Indigenous students and families and for his failure to consult with Indigenous communities on school closures.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the Chief Minister has put school closures first and the needs of Indigenous students and parents second. Continue reading “Media Release 17 September 2006 – Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School Closures”