Education Minister in Breach of Education Act on School Closures

Save Our Schools has accused the Tasmanian Greens Minister for Education, Nick McKim, of breaching his own Education Act and making a sham of consultation on school closures. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister to immediately publish impact statements on the school closures and extend the consultation period.

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Teacher Bonuses are Another Failed Scheme from New York

Save Our Schools has accused the Prime Minister of adopting another failed reform from her ‘hero’ from New York, former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Trevor Cobbold, National Convenor of SOS, said that the research evidence shows that bonuses do not improve student results and will be a huge waste of money. Continue reading “Teacher Bonuses are Another Failed Scheme from New York”

Call for New Funding Model for Govt & Private Schools

Save Our Schools has called for a complete overhaul of school funding arrangements in a submission to the School Funding Review. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that a new funding model is necessary to better direct government funding at improving equity in education. Continue reading “Call for New Funding Model for Govt & Private Schools”

Call for Public Inquiry into Deteriorating Education Results in the ACT

The latest international test results for the ACT are a condemnation of the education record of the Stanhope Government according to Save Our Schools. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the results are disastrous and called for an independent public inquiry to establish a new direction in education policy in the ACT.

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PISA Results Demand a Massive Increase in Funding for Government Schools

Save Our Schools today called for a massive boost in funding for government schools in the light of the new PISA results released yesterday. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new results are a national disgrace. Continue reading “PISA Results Demand a Massive Increase in Funding for Government Schools”

Call to Scrap Like School Comparisons on My School

The public education group, Save Our Schools, today called for like school comparisons to be scrapped. National Convenor of SOS, Trevor Cobbold, said that ‘like school’ comparisons on My School 2.0 will be biased against low socio-economic status (SES) government and private schools.

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Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education Disadvantage

A new report published today by the advocacy group Save Our Schools says that government schools are badly under-resourced in comparison to private schools to deal with education disadvantage. It calls for an investment of $6 – $9 billion a year in government schools to reduce large achievement gaps between rich and poor. Continue reading “Report Calls for Funding Boost to Government Schools to Reduce Education Disadvantage”

Teacher Bonuses Fail to Improve Student Results

A research brief published by the public education group, Save Our Schools, says that Labor and Liberal claims that teacher bonuses will improve student achievement is not supported by research evidence.

SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the proposed bonuses will be a huge waste of money and encourage more teaching to the test in schools.

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School Rewards Will Encourage Poaching and Cheating

Labor’s $100 000 reward for schools which most improve their results will encourage them to cheat and rort their results, poach high achieving students from each other and discriminate against other students says Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group.

SOS national convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the scheme will be another huge waste of money that could be better used to fund schools with high student learning needs rather than dissipated in fruitless and destructive competition between schools. Continue reading “School Rewards Will Encourage Poaching and Cheating”

Rorting of School Results Will Continue on a Grander Scale Unless Gillard Acts

Save Our Schools has warned that the administrative guidelines for NAPLAN provide loopholes for schools to rort their results by excluding lower achieving students. Trevor Cobbold, National Convenor of SOS, said the Federal Education Minister should stop schools pressuring parents of lower achieving students to withdraw them from NAPLAN tests in the future. Continue reading “Rorting of School Results Will Continue on a Grander Scale Unless Gillard Acts”