Disadvantaged Schools Have Fewer Educational Resources than Advantaged Schools

Disadvantaged schools in Australia have far fewer educational resources than advantaged schools. They experience more teacher shortages, and more shortages or inadequacy of educational materials and physical infrastructure than advantaged schools. These are key findings of an analysis by Save Our Schools of data presented in a supplementary report by the OECD on results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment. Continue reading “Disadvantaged Schools Have Fewer Educational Resources than Advantaged Schools”

Gonski Documents Expunged from the Public Record

The Coalition Government has removed all documents from the Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling from the website of the Federal Department of Education and also removed all documents relating to the Better Schools funding plan introduced by the Labor Government. It is extraordinary that the Gonski report and other documents relating to the most significant review of school funding in Australia in the last 40 years have been expunged from the public record. Continue reading “Gonski Documents Expunged from the Public Record”

PISA Test Results Prove that Increased Funding Should be Allocated to Disadvantaged Students and Schools

The new PISA international test results highlight the need to implement a new school funding scheme to overcome disadvantage in education according to the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools. SOS national convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the results show that Australia has failed to make any inroad into reducing inequity in education and, if anything, inequity has increased. Continue reading “PISA Test Results Prove that Increased Funding Should be Allocated to Disadvantaged Students and Schools”

The Defenders of Privilege in Education Are on the Counter-attack

The Gonski report on school funding is a watershed in education policy in Australia. It has switched the debate from giving priority to school choice and supporting privilege in education to improving results for disadvantaged students and reducing the massive achievement gap in school outcomes between rich and poor. The new funding model promises more for under-resourced schools and disadvantaged students.

This new emphasis on equity in education poses a major threat to the defenders of elitism in education. Their privileged position in education is under challenge. Their counter-attack is under way, led as always by the Murdoch press. Continue reading “The Defenders of Privilege in Education Are on the Counter-attack”

More Evidence that Money Matters in Education

A new review of research studies on the relationship between expenditure on schools and education outcomes has challenged the common view that more expenditure does not lead to better school performance. The review published by the UK Office for Standards in Education shows that numerous international studies conducted since the early 2000s show a positive impact of increased expenditure in schools, especially for disadvantaged students. The study adds to the weight of evidence supporting the new Gonski school funding model. Continue reading “More Evidence that Money Matters in Education”

Gonski is on the Right Track – Money Does Matter for Disadvantaged Students

The Gonski funding model is on the right track in boosting funding for under-resourced schools and disadvantaged students. Recent academic research shows a positive relationship between school outcomes and funding, especially for the disadvantaged. It suggests that the refusal of the Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory governments to sign on to Gonski will deprive low income, Indigenous and remote area students of the chance to improve their results.

The new study finds firm evidence that increasing school resources in England has improved student results and that more targeted spending has benefitted disadvantaged students. It adds to the weight of existing research evidence that targeting resources on disadvantaged groups is beneficial in raising their results and reducing inequality in educational outcomes. Continue reading “Gonski is on the Right Track – Money Does Matter for Disadvantaged Students”

Studies Show that Money Does Matter

A recent review of research studies in the UK on the relationship between school funding and student achievement adds to the weight of evidence that the Gonski school funding model is on the right track. The review found evidence that increasing school resources in England improves results and that more targeted spending benefits students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Continue reading “Studies Show that Money Does Matter”

The Gillard School Funding Plan is a Watershed But is Not the Full Gonski

This is a speech to a Gonski Information Forum in Perth by Trevor Cobbold on 6 June.

The new school funding plan passed by the House of Representatives last week is a potential watershed for school funding in Australia. It breaks new ground in the history of school funding with its focus on increasing equity in education. Its adoption of Gonski’s equity goals and principles sets the foundation for the future.

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