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Australia Has High Quality Teaching But Too Much Out-of-Field Teaching

Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2017

Data from PISA 2015 and other studies show that Australia has a very high quality teaching force by international standards. There is no evidence of any decline in teaching quality that could have contributed to Australia’s declining PISA results. >> Read on...

Student Absenteeism is High in Australia

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

Data from PISA 2015 show that student absenteeism is very high in Australia. It is likely to be a factor behind the high proportion of students who do not achieve expected standards of achievement. >> Read on...

What's Behind Australia's Tottering PISA Results?

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017

A review of Australia’s results from PISA 2015 and an analysis of factors contributing to the declining results, the high proportion of disadvantaged students not achieving expected standards and the high inequity in school outcomes. >> Read on...

Resource Gaps Between Advantaged & Disadvantaged Schools Among the Largest in the World

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017

The gaps in access to education resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia are among the largest in the world and the OECD. >> Read on...

New Study Shows That More Money Improves Results of Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2017

Yet another new study shows that increased funding targeted at disadvantaged students significantly improves secondary school results. It provides further support for increased funding for disadvantaged students in Australia. >> Read on...

Public School Enrolments Increase

Posted on Sunday February 5, 2017

New school enrolment data show a reversal of the steady drift of students from public to private schools over the past 40 years. >> Read on...

Labor Again Exposed as Morally Bankrupt on Private School Overfunding

Posted on Wednesday February 1, 2017

The unity ticket between Tanya Plibersek and Tony Abbott on continuing millions in overfunding for private schools was on display again this week. >> Read on...

Birmingham Misleads on School Funding and Outcomes

Posted on Friday January 27, 2017

Despite the claims of the Federal Education Minister, funding matters for improving the results of disadvantaged students. Targeting funding increases to disadvantaged schools and students is fundamental to improving student achievement. >> Read on...

Birmingham Obfuscates on School Funding and Results

Posted on Thursday January 26, 2017

Simon Birmingham has wilfully ignored the evidence about school funding and outcomes. >> Read on...

Birmingham is Wrong Again on School Funding and Outcomes

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

The Federal Education Minister’s claim about a vast increase in school funding is totally wrong. The increase per student between 2004-05 and 2013-14 was only 4.5 per cent, adjusted for inflation, and the large part of the increase went to private schools. >> Read on...

More School Funding Cuts by Stealth

Posted on Thursday December 8, 2016

Proposals before the national education ministers’ council meeting next week involve cutting school funding by stealth. The cuts are being disguised by fiddling with the rates of annual increases in funding provided by the current funding model. >> Read on...

Schools in Deep Water Over Mandatory Swim Lessons

Posted on Wednesday November 30, 2016

The Victorian Government is in deep water with school principals over the lack of funding for its new mandatory swimming lessons. >> Read on...

Media Release: End the Corruption of Private School Funding

Posted on Monday November 21, 2016

SOS submission to national education ministers’ council calls for an end to the corruption of private school funding. >> Read on...

Private School Funding is Corrupted by Special Deals

Posted on Monday November 21, 2016

Private school funding is corrupted by special deals and arrangements that provide several billion dollars in over-funding that contradict the principle of needs-based funding. >> Read on...

School Autonomy in England Fails to ‘Unleash Greatness’

Posted on Monday November 14, 2016

A comprehensive review of the experience with school autonomy in England has found little evidence of improvement amongst disadvantaged schools and that it weakens local communities. >> Read on...

Private Schools Do Not Have an Entitlement to Taxpayer Funding

Posted on Thursday November 10, 2016

Private schools are not automatically entitled to taxpayer funding. Government funding for private schools should be based on need. >> Read on...

Funding Increases for Victorian Elite Private Schools Far Exceed that for Disadvantaged Public Schools

Posted on Thursday October 13, 2016

Total government funding per student in high fee, exclusive private schools in Victoria increased by nearly three times more than for the most highly disadvantaged public schools between 2009 and 2014. >> Read on...

Education Disadvantage is Being Ignored in the ACT Election Campaign

Posted on Tuesday October 11, 2016

Education disadvantage is the forgotten issue in the ACT election campaign despite its importance to the Territory’s social well-being and economic prosperity.< >> Read on...

Media Release: Education Disadvantage is the Forgotten Issue in the ACT Election Campaign

Posted on Thursday October 6, 2016

Education disadvantage is the forgotten issue in the ACT election campaign despite its importance to the Territory’s social well-being and economic prosperity >> Read on...

School Funding and Equity in the ACT

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

An Education Research Brief published by SOS calls for a new funding framework for ACT public schools to provide greater funding for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

The ACT Education System Can Do Better

Posted on Saturday September 24, 2016

A speech by Trevor Cobbold to a seminar sponsored by the Institute of Governance in Canberra on the topic ‘What or How Much Value Does the ACT Education System Add to Your Child’s Learning’. >> Read on...

Public Primary Schools do as Well as Independent Schools and Better than Catholic Schools

Posted on Saturday September 17, 2016

A new study shows that public primary schools perform as well as Independent schools in NAPLAN tests and do better than Catholic schools >> Read on...

Productivity Commission Fails to Lift the Bonnet on its Own Funding Figures

Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

The Productivity Commission report on the National Education Evidence Base failed to lift the bonnet on its own funding figures and see that the funding engine is badly misfiring. >> Read on...

Victorian Government Schools Short Changed on Funds

Posted on Friday September 9, 2016

A Victorian public school principal laments the poor state of funding in Victoria >> Read on...

Ken Boston Lambasts Political Failure on Gonski

Posted on Wednesday September 7, 2016

A key member of the Gonski School Funding Review, Ken Boston, has savaged the political failure to implement the Gonski plan. >> Read on...

Apple and Other Multinationals are Fleecing the Disadvantaged

Posted on Monday September 5, 2016

Massive tax evasion by multinationals is fleecing the disadvantaged of decent health and education services. Despite Australia’s recent efforts to clamp down on tax evasion, much more needs to be done. >> Read on...

No Success for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Thursday August 18, 2016

Independent public schools have failed to improve student outcomes according to a report by a bi-partisan committee of the WA Parliament. It is a major blow to the Federal Government policy of increasing school autonomy. >> Read on...

Birmingham’s Unscrupulous Duplicities on School Funding

Posted on Monday August 15, 2016

A critical factor behind the stagnation in the NAPLAN results is the continuing failure of governments to spend money where it is most needed and will do most good. Funding for public schools has been cut while funding for private schools has increased. Simon Birmingham has engaged in unscrupulous duplicities about trends in school funding that are designed to avoid further investment in reducing disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Results Show That the ACT Government Has Dropped the Ball on Education

Posted on Thursday August 4, 2016

The new NAPLAN results show that the ACT school system continues to under-perform given its advantaged population. The results are a condemnation of Government inaction on school education. They warrant a full, public independent inquiry. >> Read on...

Ending Federal Funding of Public Education is Still on the Agenda

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016

Ending Federal funding of public schools is still on the agenda despite the claims of the Prime Minister and the Federal Education Minister that they are committed to public schools. COAG has agreed to consider the states taking full responsibility for public school funding in return for a share of personal income taxation. >> Read on...

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